Video by ABC on 28/07/15
Mine-workers are not the enemy of anti-mining groups. The enormous mining conglomerates respond to each inevitable downturn with brutal and sudden job cuts; a hundred here, a thousand there. Australia’s hard working miners are not married to the profit-margins of the coal-industry, but to their own reliable jobs.
The largest coal-workers union has made the proactive move of backing Labour’s plan to drastically cutting domestic coal use (very different from Australia’s enormous coal exports). In return for a generous transition package, these miners will happily flee from the sinking ship of coal.