Professionals Australia members at the Hazelwood Power Station are facing an uncertain future since the French owner Engie announced the imminent closure of the Station from March 2017.
Professionals Australia representatives will be meeting with Engie on Friday 11/11 to discuss the company’s proposed transition to close the station. We will continue to support members over coming months and participate in all forums relating to the closure.
The closure of Hazelwood is a significant milestone in the heavily coal mining reliant La Trobe Valley and will have a significant impact on individual workers and their local community. The ACTU is leading the discussion on the way forward for industries in the La Trobe Valley as outlined in their press release.
The ACTU have also released a policy document ‘A Just Transition for coal-fired electricity sector workers and communities‘, which outlines many of the issues facing workers in the industry. The document puts forward a number of recommendations to support workers affected by the closure, including job placement services, skills assessment and retraining, financial and personal support, and relocation assistance for workers who will be forced to relocate to find relevant employment.
We will continue to update members of arising policy matters as they relate to this issue moving forward.