Created Mon 31/08/2015, Last Updated Tue 1/09/2015

Bellbird, 1 September 1923: 21 mine workers killed in mine explosion

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25,000 lined the streets on the day of the funerals to pay respects to their lost loved ones and comrades

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Created Fri 28/08/2015, Last Updated Tue 1/09/2015

Community forum to discuss the future of coal miners and families at Blackwater

Workers and community leaders will gather at the Civic Centre on Tuesday from 7pm to discuss BHP’s intention to contract out 300 permanent and secure jobs at the Blackwater coal mine.

Member for Mirani Jim Pearce will chair the forum with stakeholders invited to attend, including MPs and Councillors of all political pursuasions.

CFMEU Mining and Energy District President Steve Smyth said BHP had gone too far and the casualisation of the workforce at Blackwater would have serious implications for Blackwater and surrounding communities.

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District President, Peter Jordan
Created Fri 28/08/2015, Last Updated Fri 28/08/2015

CFMEU urges Labor to get behind coal jobs in the Hunter

CFMEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy District President Peter Jordan today urged the NSW Labor Opposition to get behind the Drayton South coal mine.

He said the union was stunned at Labor’s planning spokesperson Penny Sharpe’s reported opposition to the mine.

“Coal mining is a critical industry for the Hunter, generating wealth and skilled, secure jobs. It’s important that new projects come online to make up for those winding down,” Mr. Jordan said.