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An eighth case of Black Lung disease has been publicly confirmed today, making it the second coalmine worker in less than a week to be diagnosed with the deadly disease.
The worker, who has asked not to be named, is in his early 40s and is the youngest coalmine worker to be diagnosed with Black Lung disease.
He has worked as a contractor at a number of mines throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
A seventh case of Black Lung disease has been made public, with confirmation coming that the latest case is a 55-year-old miner with a long history working in Queensland coal mines.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Steve Smyth said that no worker or their family should have to go through this.
“My thoughts are with the worker and his family today,” said Mr Smyth.
The CFMEU had yet another win in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Friday over a Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) Notice to Produce.
Justice Logan ruled that the Notice was invalid and was highly critical of the FWBC saying that the notice was ‘woefully deficient’ and failed to ‘describe a matter at all, much less a building matter.’
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan this case is yet another in a long line of ill-conceived actions against the union.
“A pattern has emerged whereby the FWBC is launching legal actions in a slapdash way.
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