Mining union throws weight behind carbon tax

 Mining workers in the Hunter Valley do not believe the job scare campaign and fully support the carbon tax, according to the head of Australia’s mining union.

CFMEU president Tony Maher yesterday told public hearings into the federal government’s clean energy future workers in the public were behind the tax.

“Members in the Hunter have been very strong in their support,” he said.

“The people of the Hunter must feel like they are a ping pong in some game sometimes because they keep getting claims and counter-claims about jobs and quite frankly, people in the industry don’t believe the job scare campaign.”

Maher said the Union wanted the Government to address three key areas of the tax, and so far it got what it wanted from Canberra.

“We wanted a slow start to a carbon scheme, we wanted lashings of industry assistance to protect jobs and we wanted affective and permanent household compensation and we got all those things,” he said.

He said the Union’s positive stance on the carbon tax was in-line with its long running policy.

“The Union has always supported a price on carbon and we’ve been discussing it for years,” he said.

Earlier in the week Australian Coal Association chairman John Pegler said the tax would cost thousands of jobs and risk billions of dollars of investment.

He also criticised the Government’s support packages as inadequate.


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