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Unions partner with EDF Renewables Australia for quality jobs

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

EDF Renewables Australia has announced a collaboration with Australian Unions to ensure the best outcomes from Hunter offshore wind for workers in the Hunter and Newcastle/Port Stephens region.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), including both the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction Division, have signed a letter that outlines the shared commitment to working together to ensure workers are adequately consulted and equipped with necessary opportunities and skills.

CEO Dave Johnson said that the partnership is an early step the company is making to ensure jobs stay local as offshore wind projects are developed, providing maximum benefit to Port Stephens, Newcastle and Hunter workers. EDF Renewables is one of several proponents seeking approval for the construction and operation of an offshore wind farm with the declared zone. The company has demonstrated success with offshore wind projects in France and Scotland.

Glen Williams, Newcastle Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, said, "It is so important to the local workforce and community of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region that companies like EDF are willing to make commitments to work with unions and the existing workforce for their project."

"It gives maritime workers in the Port of Newcastle and skilled seafarers and oil and gas workers all over the country the confidence they need that the energy transition will deliver quality employment. It gives them the confidence to talk to their neighbours and their football clubs and fishing clubs to address any concerns they have about this exciting new technology means for them.”

Allen Hicks, NSW/ACT Branch Secretary of the Electrical Trades Union, said,“We’re pleased to be announcing this partnership because we know a cooperative approach between Unions and employers is the only way Australia is going to achieve a fast and fair transition for our energy system."

"EDF Renewables has proven it has the capacity to deliver successful sustainable energy projects around the world, and we’re happy to be able to work with them to ensure our members across the Hunter have the skills and opportunities to gain quality, secure employment, should they be successful in gaining a license.”

EDF CEO Dave Johnson
EDF CEO Dave Johnson


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