AMWU delegates Jeff Frew and Jeff Eelkema visited the Prime Minister in Canberra this week, to hand over a proposal asking the Government to invest money raised from the carbon price into clean technology and low emissions industry plans.
Mr Frew, a maintenance fitter at Arnott's biscuits joined Mr Eelkema, a technical officer at RACQ and AMWU National President, Paul Bastian in the half hour meetnig on Wednesday.
Jeff Frew said that his company had already taken some measures to reduce their environmental impact, but more needed to be done across the whole economy.
“I can see why the tax will be important because do need to have plans to create new jobs.”
“The Prime Minister was pleased to hear that some companies had already taken some action, but from our discussion with some of the coal miners that were also there, it’s clear that those companies do need a scheme to improve things.“
Jeff Eelkema said that people needed to look at the bigger picture and not get caught up in the negativity of Tony Abbott.
“Remember that the same people who opppose this action were the people who brought in WorkChoices. The price on carbon is actually a small step which will benefit us for generations.
People need to realise that we’re not going to be paying the tax - it will be the polluters - and low and middle income earners will actually get a tax break. The average worker shouldn’t be wrose off under this plan.”
Click here for more information on the union’s submission on the carbon price and climate change.