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Created Tue 16/09/2014, Last Updated Tue 16/09/2014

Beware sub-standard enterprise agreements that short change your rights and interests

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.

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Created Tue 16/09/2014, Last Updated Tue 16/09/2014

IndustriALL report into Soma Tragedy

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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Created Thu 11/09/2014, Last Updated Thu 11/09/2014

FIFO/DIDO survey: Have your say

Are you a Fly In Fly Out or Drive In Drive Out worker mining or construction worker? Do you live in a camp where you're rostered on?

If so, we want you to participate in our survey.

We know commuting workers face lots of challenges; the better we understand them the better we can campaign to improve work conditions.