Monday, 18 July 2011

Howes the Job Losses, Paul, Honestly?? Disgraceful!

Is it a level playing field, Paul?
In April, a confident Paul Howes said his union wanted to ensure that "this carbon price won't cost a single job".
Mr Howes, who went on television the night Kevin Rudd was removed as prime minister to declare his union's support for Ms Gillard as the coup was unfolding, told The Australian last night: "If one job is gone, our support is gone."
At the same time, the president of the powerful construction union - the CFMEU - supported the position of Paul Howes.
“It shouldn't cost a job and we won't stand by if it costs jobs. But I'm confident it won't cost jobs,” Mr Maher told The Australian Online.
“Paul is right that the assistance package should be tailored to the circumstances of the economy today, and if the steel industry is in more trouble from the high Aussie dollar than it was two years ago, well, the package should reflect that. “Paul is responding to a rational economic situation and he's got our backing.”
Three months later, what has changed? The Australian reports that Mr Howes is a carbon (dioxide) tax convert. (Convert?Is it a religion?)
Today, he said a promised $300 million steel industry package meant there was no economic reason for employers to lay off workers. He said the union would "name and shame" companies that tried to use the tax as cover for unrelated job cuts.
"We believe that the government has developed a package which ensures that jobs won't be lost in emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries as we make the transition to a low carbon future," Mr Howes said.
That MIGHT be right for the steel industry, Mr Howes. Although the Steel industry might not agree with you:
Steel union (AWU?) research suggests that up to 500,000 Australian jobs could be lost if we stand by and allow the iron and steel industry to completely collapse.
But, Mr Howes, what about the other members of the AWU?

According to your website, steel only represents a small number of your members:
Our Union started in 1886 representing shearers and miners and today we have grown to be Australia's most diverse union representing workers in the manufacturing, steel, aluminium, glass, oil & gas, aviation, agriculture, construction, state public services, local government, health, plastics, hospitality, food, paper, resources, aquaculture, events and racing industries.
On Saturday AM (on Propagandist ABC radio) ABC investigative journalist (an oxymoron) NAOMI WOODLEY said:
Government sources say the starting price is $23 per tonne of carbon (dioxide) to be paid by around 500 companies, but the rate at which it will escalate isn't known. There'll be assistance for trade-exposed industries like steel, aluminium and cement, and electricity generators, but the precise amount and exactly how it'll be delivered hasn't been confirmed.

Well, Naomi, according to the CEO of the supplier  of just under half of NSW's power, Macquarie Generations Russell Skelton, in a recent article in the Newcastle Herald:
Our business spends more than $300 million a year on coal. The carbon (dioxide) price of $23 a tonne of emissions will mean we have an annual carbon (dioxide) bill of about $600 million, rising each year. No company can afford a near tripling of costs without taking a hit to its bottom line.
Although the GGG's Clean Energy Package offers compensation to industry, the Radical Red Greens (Julia described them as extremist!) have made sure that not one cent of compensation goes to black-coal generators.

And if you look at the AWU industries plus Noami Woodley's statement on assistance, the Aluminium industries was mentioned in both. How will that industry fare? According to Sky News, compared to overseas, not very well.

The Australian Aluminium Council says the federal government's carbon pricing scheme will hit the aluminium industry with rising production costs in the coming years.
The scheme would impose a carbon cost on Australian aluminium producers of at least $60 per tonne of aluminium compared to $8 in China, the council said in a statement on Sunday. The cost for the local industry will then rise over the next decade to more than $200 per tonne while the cost in China will rise to $60 a tonne.

And What about the coal industry?

Coal industry fears thousands of regional job losses from carbon tax

The carbon tax will cost the coal industry $18bn over nine years, as well as thousands of regional jobs, according to the major industry players.

The Australian reported that mining giant Anglo American, which has led the coal sector's strong opposition to the tax, says a $1.3bn assistance package announced by the government yesterday represented less than 10% of the carbon tax bill the Australian coal industry faced over the next nine years, compared with the 94.5% the government offered other trade-exposed industries.
Come Clean, Paul. Tell the truth  that you are backing a dying government, the Green Gillard Government at the expense of union jobs.

Just my opinion, but I would call that disgraceful!


Professor Bob Carter in Chicago for the Heartland Institute

Our own (well, Australasia's) Professor Bob Carter addressing a breakfast session of ICCC6.
All the other speakers' videos can be found here.

Bob Carter's bio and details of his latest book Climate: The Counter Consensus can be found here.