Industry Support Must Carry Jobs Guarantee, Coalminers Tell Canberra Today

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CFMEU Mining & Energy Division

Level 1, 365 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

PO Box Q1641 Sydney NSW 1230

         Telephone: (+61.2) 9267 1035    Facsimile:  (+61.2) 9267 3198


Wednesday 18 November 2009

Industry support must carry jobs guarantee, coalminers say.


Mining giants must be forced to guarantee jobs in exchange for more climate change

compensation, Australian coalmine workers will tell both sides of politics in Canberra today.

CFMEU Mining and Energy division General President Tony Maher alongside a

delegation of coalmine workers will be available for comment at a doorstop interview

at 11.15am today in the Senate Courtyard. 

Speaking ahead of meetings with the Federal Government and the Opposition today,

CFMEU Mining and Energy division said mining companies needed to do far more to secure

the future of coal industry jobs through investing in carbon capture and storage.

CFMEU Mining and Energy General President Tony Maher said it was time mining

companies demonstrated a commitment to the long-term future of the sector. 

“Mining companies have spent months running a scare campaign on climate change and

jobs in a cynical bid to squeeze billions of dollars in compensation out of Australian

taxpayers,” Mr Maher.

“Our message is that they must stop seeking government handouts and make a real

commitment to tackling climate change and protecting the long-term future of coalmining


The union will also release a new report into the Government’s CPRS, exposing the lies

industry have told about its impact on coalmining jobs.

The report finds that:

At least 10,000 coalmining jobs will be created by 2020 under the Government’s

proposed CPRS

Coal companies have committed more than $6 billion in new coalmining

developments in Australia since late last year

Coal investors expect the sector in Australia to grow strongly under the

Government’s proposed CPRS

The CFMEU maintains that less than 20 coalmines are in need of compensation. The union

has called on both the major parties to support doubling its compensation to these mines.   

For more information please call Tony Maher on 0418 286 735 or Tim Fitzsimmons (EMC)

on 0423 375 522 

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