Climate Change

The world faces a climate crisis. Australian workers know that we can be part of the solution, building new low carbon industries and creating decent jobs. But unlike many other countries Australia has no coherent climate or energy policy and no plan to support workers and communities as we reduce emissions across the economy.

Australian unions are stepping up to face the climate crisis, reducing emissions, creating new clean energy jobs, and on the frontlines fighting extreme weather like bushfires and floods.

Climate change is impacting all workers

Australian workers are on the frontline of climate change. Health professionals and carers are supporting Australians through heatwaves and bushfires. Workers on farms and in food manufacturing businesses are affected by increased temperatures and drought. Public servants working in government departments are administering disaster relief programs. Over summer teachers were dealing with traumatised children and evacuations in fire zones and with kids uncertain about the future of our planet. Posties and essential services workers face unprecedented heat and difficult working conditions. And workers in manufacturing businesses and the energy sector increasingly need a plan to clean up Australia’s energy supply in order to remain viable

Workers and unions need to lead responses to Climate change

For too long workers have been left out of Australia’s climate policy debate. Voices representing workers in industries affected by climate change need to be heard. The ACTU and Australian unions are committed to ensuring Australia leads on climate change and that the action we take is good for workers. We can create good clean energy jobs, reduce emissions and look after working people. That’s why we need to lead and make the case for a climate change and jobs agenda.

Climate Safety at Work Summit

In October 2021 the ACTU held a Climate Safety at Work Summit to explore the ways that climate change is already impacting Australian workers, and what unions are doing about it in the lead up to global climate talks.

Read More:

2023-24 Federal Budget could shape Australia’s future in the global energy transition

Energy Transition Authority: What Workers Need

ACTU Congress briefing: A safe climate with good union jobs

ACTU Congress Climate and energy action plan

The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

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Mind Your Head

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Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
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