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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 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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Aug 31, 2020
Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

A key mining union has welcomed Senate support for a motion calling on the Morrison Government to crack down on the widespread use of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining. The motion noted the rapid growth of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining and called on the Federal Government to withdraw from a WorkPac High Court case on the issue. CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland...

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Aug 05, 2020
Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Queensland’s Chief Inspector of Coal Mines has denied allegations of a deteriorating relationship with union check inspectors or pushing them out of investigations. Peter Newman was giving evidence on day two of the public hearings of the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, called after an explosion at Grosvenor mine in May injured five men.  He was questioned extensively on Mine...

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Jul 15, 2020
Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

The miners’ union has claimed a victory in its battle against BHP over its Operations Services workforce conditions. The Fair Work Commission this week upheld an appeal against approval of the enterprise agreements covering Operations Services staff over concerns they weren’t genuinely agreed by workers.  It was an interim decision allowing BHP seven days to decide whether it wil...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham calling for the urgent prog...

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May 11, 2020
BHP Operations Services model faces legal scrutiny

BHP Operations Services model faces legal scrutiny

Employment agreements covering BHP’s Operations Services arm will go back before the courts after a union win in the Fair Work Commission on Friday. The commission upheld an appeal by a raft of unions against the approval of two enterprise agreements covering workers employed by the in-house division. CFMEU National President Tony Maher described the decision as a setback to BHP’s s...

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May 07, 2020
Critically injured miners airlifted after explosion

Critically injured miners airlifted after explosion

Five workers have been airlifted to Brisbane after suffering serious burns in an underground explosion at Grosvenor coal mine near Moranbah. Union sources say an ignition of gas on the longwall face was believed to have caused the explosion, which occurred about 3.15pm yesterday. The injured men were taken to Moranbah Hospital with significant burns to the upper torso and airways, the Queen...

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Dec 04, 2019
New Acland coal expansion battle continues

New Acland coal expansion battle continues

The CFMEU has joined the Queensland Resources Council in calling for the State Government to act on approvals for New Hope’s coal operations near Oakey. It comes as the Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) seeks leave to appeal to the High Court over the Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal mine. New Hope says OCAA’s application does not change the position that there is no barrie...

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