Created Mon 26/09/2016, Last Updated Mon 26/09/2016

Tribute to Digger Murphy, proud Union pioneer

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The passing of 97-year old Charles (Digger) Murphy on 23 September represents the end of an era for Queensland and Australian coal mineworkers.

Digger, as he was known to his family and friends, was a former President of the Queensland District of the Miners Federation and the pioneer for women’s participation in the coal industry’s production workforce.

Created Fri 16/09/2016, Last Updated Fri 16/09/2016

Anniversaries of Mt Mulligan and Kianga disasters

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Half a century apart, but on nearly the same date, Queensland experienced two coal mine disasters which had a significant and long lasting impact on the communities at Kianga and Mount Mulligan.

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Created Fri 16/09/2016, Last Updated Fri 16/09/2016

Anglo American dispute continues at German Creek...and in Chile

As industrial action at German Creek grinds on while workers attempt to get Anglo American to bargain in good faith, across the globe in Chile workers at Anglo's Los Bronces Copper Mine are involved in a similar dispute.

Global union IndustriALL has reported on both disputes.

The German Creek action started in late August after numerous bargaining attempts failed, 2 years past the expiry of the EBA. Anglo consistently rejected basic demands, including job security and safety, showing no regard for workers, families and the local community.