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The downturn in the coal mining industry since late 2012 has hit many workers hard. There has been a spate of mass redundancies and mine closures across Queensland and New South Wales. The industry conditions that have caused this process are well publicised – lower export prices and a stubbornly high Australian dollar.
What is less well known – except perhaps to the workers in the coal mining industry – are the utterly ruthless methods that the mining bosses have used to maintain their high levels of profitability in the face of these conditions. To maintain their above average levels of profit, the multinationals that dominate the industry have determined that the solution is to increase volume, but drastically decrease costs.
CFMEU Mining & Energy General Secretary, Andrew Vickers, led an international delegation to Turkey in mid June to meet with the families and fellow workers of the 301 coal miners who lost their lives in the Soma mine disaster which occurred on 13 May this year.
The visit was arranged by IndustriALL's Turkish mining union affiliate, Maden-Is.
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