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In 2015 our union recovered $10 million for members in legal claims such as unfair dismissal settlements, annual leave entitlements, redundancy and superannuation claims. It pays to belong.
On 31st July 1902, Australia experienced its worst ever industrial disaster. An explosion at the Mt Kembla colliery, in NSW’s Illawarra region, killed 96 men and boys.
The explosion reduced the surface buildings to rubble and was heard 9 miles away in Wollongong.
At the time of the explosion there were about 280 workers underground and an estimated 160 were still in the mine when the rescue operation commenced. Many lives were lost in the rescue attempt.
July 24 marks the tragic anniversary of an underground explosion at Appin Mine on the NSW South Coast, which took the lives of 14 mineworkers, 37 years ago, in 1979.
The explosion, which occurred at 11pm, was described as “a holocaust of exploding methane gas and coal dust”.
Ten of the men were killed as they were having their mid shift meal in the underground crib room.
A call from Queensland Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller for a Royal Commission into Black Lung disease has been welcomed in mining communities across the state as more workers get diagnosed, and the scourge of the resurgent deadly disease continues to spread.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said a full and independent Royal Commission was the only way to get to the bottom of the regulatory failures that allowed Black Lung disease to return.
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