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On 13 October 1954 a gas outburst occurred at the Collinsville State Mine. Seven men were killed. Two other men were hospitalised, severely affected by the gas.
The disaster came after prolonged disputation between the Miners Federation and Mines Department chiefs, who had refused a request for an inspection of the newly mechanised No. 1 tunnel by NSW Check Inspector Jack Barrett.
The CFMEU has given luke warm support for recommendations of the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and other long distance commuting work practices, saying the Committee had not gone far enough and it was now up to the Queensland Government to show leadership.
CFMEU Queensland District President Steve Smyth said enhancing the compliance auditing capacity of local and state authorities and amending the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 to include location as a prohibited ground of discrimination were good reforms, but would not solve the problem.
BHP Mitsubishi has launched an attack on mining workers in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, attempting to exclude four mines from its next Enterprise Agreement, including Blackwater.
CFMEU Mining and Energy District President Steve Smyth said it appears BHP is attempting to ‘divide and conquer’ the Queensland mining workforce with separate agreements for individual mines.
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