Across Aotearoa, E tū members are getting more involved in Just Transition work – our campaign to make sure our transition to environmentally sustainable industries doesn’t see workers bear the full brunt of the changes.
Southland is the next region where E tū members have joined the campaign. Proposed changes at one of the region’s biggest workplaces, Tiwai Point, has led the Government to announce a Just Transition process for Southland, similar to what E tū has already been successfully engaged with in Taranaki.
This process will ensure a wider community stakeholder approach to regional economic development planning, with an emphasis on sustainable and decent work for Southlanders no matter what happens with Tiwai Point. E tū members and leaders will play an integral part in this process.
Karena Kelland, Industry Council Representative for Public and Commercial Services, knows how important this will be for Southland.
“This is an exciting time for Southland, and it’s so awesome that our members and the wider community are participating in this,” Karena says.
“I would like to see a Just Transition process in Southland that ensures outcomes of good education and training that will lead to decent work and sustainable employment. This is not just about our future, it’s also about those who come after us.”
Southland members will be receiving invitations to participate in community and union events in the upcoming months so keep an eye out in your email inbox!