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Dec 10, 2020
Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

A mineworkers’ union says a survey has shown only 4 per cent of those employed by BHP’s Operations Services are satisfied that their wages and conditions stack up with Queensland coal industry standards. It comes as the mining giant tries to lock in their substandard conditions with fresh Enterprise Agreements, CFMEU Mining and Energy says. Queensland President Stephen Smyth said th...

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Oct 22, 2020
New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

The Federal Government intends to introduce legislation to Parliament this year to give casual miners doing de facto full-time work the right to convert to permanent employment. Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen revealed the plan in a joint statement today. They said Attorney-General Christian Porter had written to Mr Christensen specifying th...

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Oct 14, 2020
Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt. Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks. CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the job cuts to again blast the practice of casualisation and outso...

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Sep 25, 2020
Positive Townsville workforce trends

Positive Townsville workforce trends

Townsville region has seen a lift in workforce numbers, but there is concern for what’s around the corner as JobKeeper, JobSeeker and bank mortgage relief fall away. TP Human Capital director Clayton Cook and local economist Colin Dwyer say the Federal Budget next month must include some reassurance that borderline household incomes won’t destabilise Townsville’s encouraging work...

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Aug 20, 2020
Energy companies seek next generation of talent

Energy companies seek next generation of talent

Applications open on Friday for more than 80 apprenticeships Queensland-wide with energy distributors Ergon and Energex in 2021. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said 86 apprentices would be employed across 41 depots from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast and west to Mount Isa and Longreach. Some of the apprentice positions available include electrotechnology electricians, linesperso...

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Aug 17, 2020
Have a plan to survive FIFO

Have a plan to survive FIFO

A former high performance AFL coach has lent his experience to the world of fly-in, fly-out. John Toomey is about to publish a book called ‘Mastering the FIFO Lifestyle’. John has form as ‘wellness thought leader’, having been the Richmond football club’s high performance coach during the ’90s. He has drawn on a range of philosophies and hard medical approaches to...

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Aug 13, 2020
Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Employment rates for Australian geoscientists have improved in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Nationally, unemployment decreased in the last quarter to 8.6 per cent from 10 per cent in the March quarter, according to the latest Australian Institute of Geoscientists report. Underemployment fell to 17.4 per cent from 18.1 per cent in the same period. “The level of improvement observed ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Aug 10, 2020
Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Peak NQ economic development group Townsville Enterprise has launched a roadmap to ‘unlock the North’, listing key local projects to help power the nation’s economic recovery. The Unlock the North: Townsville North Queensland Projects and Policies document was developed with TaskforceNQ and the regional councils of Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, and...

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