Apr 11, 2019

Politicians challenged to back coal workers’ pledge

Politicians challenged to back coal workers’ pledge

CFMEU Mining & Energy’s Queensland District is calling on federal election candidates to make a pledge backing coal and the workers the industry supports.

It has also appealed to stop turning mining proposals like Adani’s Carmichael coal project becoming ‘political footballs’.

“Coal mining plays an important role in Queensland’s economy and we need political representatives who recognise the importance of the industry to creating jobs and supporting communities,” said district president Stephen Smyth.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth.

Mr Smyth said all mining developments, including Adani, should be assessed fairly on their merits and economic viability. 

“There are many mining projects in the pipeline in Queensland and they should be considered and approved on their merits, not become political footballs,” he said.

“Most importantly, if mining is going to bring benefit to our region it must deliver quality, permanent jobs with rights for workers. 

“On the LNP’s watch, at least every second job coal mining job is now casual with much lower pay than permanent workers.”