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The reported rejection of the Drayton South mine extension is a blow to Hunter jobs, the Miners Union said today.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Northern District President Peter Jordan said Drayton workers would be devastated at hearing the news via the media this morning.
“It is an appalling way for this news to be delivered,” said Mr Jordan.
“Over 500 Drayton mineworkers rely on Drayton coal for their livelihood. The extension would have given them secure employment into the future.
Workers at BHP's highly profitable Daunia mine will today begin to vote on a new proposed workplace agreement offering substandard conditions and little job security, the Miners Union says.
CFMEU Mining & Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said workers at the 100% FIFO mine deserve better than what is on offer.
"The fact is that BHP makes huge profits from its Bowen Basin coal mines, and Daunia is no exception," said Mr Smyth.
Mineworkers are urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stand up for local jobs as he opens BHP’s Caval Ridge mine and tours the Bowen Basin town of Moranbah today.
CFMEU Mining and Energy District President Stephen Smyth said the region was still reeling from BHP’s ruthless decision to cut 700 permanent jobs from across its Bowen Basin coal mines just weeks ago.
At the same time, locals are not allowed to apply for jobs at the 100% FIFO mine Caval Ridge being opened by the Prime Minister today, despite its proximity to the town of Moranbah.
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