Oct 09, 2019

Plea to help Rocklands workers claw back cash

Plea to help Rocklands workers claw back cash

State MP Robbie Katter is calling for the Queensland Attorney-General to take steps to ensure all former employees of the failed Rocklands copper mine are paid their dues.

The non-payment of staff at the CuDeco operation outside of Cloncurry first became an issue late last year, the member for Traeger said.

Mr Katter said dozens of former Rockland employees remained unpaid, and were owed vast sums of money in superannuation, long service leave, annual leave and actual wages.

Writing to Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath he said: “I understand the receivership process (with CuDeco) is well underway, with brokerage house Argonaut now seeking to recapitalise on to CuDeco’s assets; this includes Rocklands mine and another three mining leases.

“However my main concern, and my reason for writing to you, is the non-payment of dozens of former Rockland employees since the suspension of operations last year.

“My office has become aware that many employees who were stood down in December are still owed superannuation, long service leave and annual leave payments, while others who have remained on the books are still due to be paid actual wages.

“We are seeking your assistance in ensuring this matter is not ignored, and is reasonably and fairly addressed in favour of the workers who have been negatively impacted through no fault of their own.”

He said Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, and his office, had liaised extensively with the Federal Government on the matter, but so far the calls for help have fallen on deaf ears.

When asked for a response to the Member for Traeger’s approach, a Palaszczuk Government spokesman said: “We strongly urge the company to do the right thing by workers and ensure that they receive their entitlements.”

In the case of Queensland Nickel employees who lost their jobs following that operation’s collapse in 2016, the Australian Government stepped in to pay outstanding entitlements through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

State KAP leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter.

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