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Australian union educating workers on dangers of uranium mining

the ETU has commissioned a 35-minute film, When the Dust Settles, which has been posted to every ETU member in Queensland and the NT.
ETU STATE COUNCIL BANS MEMBERS FROM WORKING IN NUCLEAR INDUSTRY | Coober Pedy Regional Times July 17, 2010

Uranium – the new asbestos

1. Major union bans members working in uranium mines, nuclear power stations, et al
2. ETU’s educational video launched in Brisbane

The debate over uranium mining and the role of nuclear energy in Australia has intensified with a major union launching a campaign against the nuclear industry by banning its members from working in uranium mines, nuclear power stations or any other part of the nuclear fuel cycle.

In an Australian first for the union movement, the Electrical Trades Union Queensland and Northern Territory (ETU Qld & NT) branch’s, peak body, the ETU State Council, has imposed a ban on its members working in uranium mines, nuclear powers stations and any other part of the nuclear fuel cycle.

The ETU’s rules mandate that members must abide by Union policy, a situation that was recently tested with the expulsion of two State Labor MPs, Neil Roberts and Jason O’Brien………

“We are sending a clear message to the industry and the wider community that vested interests in the uranium and nuclear industries are trying to hoodwink us about this dangerous product and industry. Corporate interests, and their political supporters in the Labor and Coalition parties, are also trying to buy working families off with high wages, while denying the true short-term and long-term health risks of such jobs.

“Following the release of our DVD our members are now fully aware of the dangers and health risks, if they decide to take a job in a uranium mine or any other nuclear facility,” Mr Simpson said.

To help educate its 14,000 Queensland and Northern Territory members, and other Australians, on the dangers of uranium mining and the nuclear fuel industry and the reasons for the union’s ban on employment in the nuclear fuel industry, the ETU has commissioned a 35-minute film, When the Dust Settles, which has been posted to every ETU member in Queensland and the NT.

ETU STATE COUNCIL BANS MEMBERS FROM WORKING IN NUCLEAR INDUSTRY | Coober Pedy Regional Times

July 20, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA, spinbuster, Uranium | , , , , , , , ,

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