Energy unions call for consultation on Stern climate report

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Energy unions call for consultation on Stern climate report

Unions involved in the energy sector want to be consulted on any implementation of the Stern report, which has warned of the potential catastrophic economic cost of global warming.

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Unions involved in the energy sector want to be consulted on any implementation of the Stern report, which has warned of the potential catastrophic economic cost of global warming.

The Australian Services Union (ASU) said this week that despite indications that the Australian Government was advised of the report earlier this month, so far there had been no discussion with the energy industry or unions, notwithstanding the potentially huge impact on that industry.

In a statement the ASU said it has been calling for a debate in Australia for some time to develop an energy industry policy that will be 'sound for the industry and the employees of the industry'.

'The release of the Stern report has been waited on by governments including Australia as a guide to the future of energy and electricity generation and distribution, an industry that many ASU members work in across Australia, serving communities, home consumers, businesses and industry,' the ASU said.

Economic recession

'The Stern report's major finding is that failing to fight the effects of climate change will cost more than making the necessary changes.

'In fact, Stern foreshadows an economic recession worse than anything since the Great Depression, if governments fail to address climate change.'

The ASU said its National Energy Division is regularly briefed on and discusses issues affecting the industry, which allows it to 'look at the best career opportunities and employment and skills for ASU members, to avoid skills shortages, importation of skills from overseas and the movement of work offshore'.

The ASU said the Stern report has also raised the critical issues of living standards being reduced and the effect on working people as government responds to the challenges of environment changes.

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