Nuclear Plans a Distraction for Latrobe Valley Coal Transition: MEU

Australia, Workforce

The Mining and Energy Union (MEU) has expressed concern over the Coalition’s recent announcement to establish a nuclear power station at Loy Yang in Victoria, asserting that it will not provide a viable solution for the employment of coal-fired power industry workers in the Latrobe Valley. With Yallourn Power Station facing closure in 2028 and Loy Yang A Power Station set to close in 2035, the MEU maintains that the proposed nuclear plants will not be operational until at least 2040. Union representatives emphasize that the Latrobe Valley workers are at a critical point and require immediate support to secure new industries and employment opportunities. The MEU’s Victorian District President, Andy Smith, calls for a fair transition that prioritizes jobs, economic activity, and positive social outcomes for those affected. The lack of consultation with Victorian coal-fired power station workers about their preferences for a nuclear future has further aggravated the situation.