Overnight at COP 24 Heads of State and Governments from 45 developed and developing countries signed the Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration, emphasising the importance of support for workers and communities as the world transitions to a clean energy economy.
The declaration emphasized that “climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
Stressing the “just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs are crucial to ensure an effective and inclusive transition to low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development.”
Signatories included the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, France, Japan and Canada.
But the Morrison Government refused to sign the Declaration.
The Turnbull Government fought against the inclusion of a Just Transition clause in the Paris Agreement in 2015.
The fact the Morrison Government can’t support the Silesia Declaration is just the latest evidence the Liberal’s anti-worker agenda extends from penalty rates and attacks on workers’ rights, all the way to denying workers support as the economy inevitably transitions to clean energy.
Australia must have a plan to help workers and communities respond to inevitable future closures of ageing coal power stations.
That’s why Labor has announced a detailed Just Transition plan, including the establishment of a new Just Transition Authority and support for pooled redundancy and redeployment schemes, as well as local economic diversification.