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The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has today urged the Turnbull Government to be open minded in its response to the findings of the Finkel Review into the Future of Security of Australia’s Energy Market. The Government must get on with making energy more affordable, reduce pollution and provide…
Enduring commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement from the Australian Government is critical to ensuring Australia plays it part in addressing climate change alongside ensuring a Just Transition is achieved for workers in emissions-intensive industries and other industries that are facing a period of immense change. The Australian Council of…
Tonight the Federal Government handed down a budget that entrenches inequality at the same time as rewarding corporations. The message from Canberra is clear: Don’t be poor. Don’t be unemployed. Don’t be vulnerable. This Budget attacks those in our community who need the most support. The proposed changes to welfare…
Australian Unions including the ASU, a key union in the energy sector, call on the Turnbull Government to step up and play a proper role in the transition of coal fired power stations in the wake of the Paris Agreement. Releasing a national blueprint for a "Just Transition" today, the…
The ASU says the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and Mine is a sad day for the Latrobe Valley. >> Click here to read this on the ASU Victorian & Tasmanian A&S Branch website The ASU is saddened by the Engie announcement that the Hazelwood Power Station will close in…

Budget cuts hurt

03 May 2016
In his first budget Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed he is a cruel conservative. Tonight in Canberra, ASU officials and staff have been on hand to witness Turnbull’s first budget to give you a rapid overview of how it will affect the communities we work and live in. This cruel budget…
A coalition of civil society groups, led by Australian Council of Trade Unions President Ged Kearney and spanning the aid, women’s, environment and social service sectors, as well as unions, have come together to urge the Federal Government to deliver a Budget that protects the living standards of all Australians,…
Various organisations are reporting live from COP21 in Paris which comes to a conclusion this Friday. There are also a couple of live actions we are promoting: a social media storm tomorrow against fracking and an ongoing Twitter campaign using #JustTransition to show negotiators that we are watching and concerned…
As nations negotiate an international accord at the Paris UN Climate Summit (aka COP21) against global warming, their trade negotiators were simultaneously meeting in Geneva to secretly forge a new free trade agreement that could expand the use of fossil fuels and cause further climate change. Click here to read…
Governments at the Paris climate summit are putting the future of climate action at risk by removing a commitment to human rights and "Just Transition" to a low carbon future from the mandate for action in the Summit's conclusions. ASU supporters with Twitter acounts are asked to lobby the Australian…
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