Created Tue 31/03/2015, Last Updated Tue 31/03/2015

Hey BHP, it’s easy to reduce industrial action: stop attacking workers

BHP’s suggestion that workers’ rights to take industrial action should be more severely limited would put even more power in the hands of vastly powerful mining companies, the Miners Union said today. 

It is reported today that the mining giant has recommended to the Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations inquiry that the Fair Work Act be revised to limit the use of work bans and strikes, with BHP’s coal boss Mike Henry complaining that industrial action affects mining productivity.

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Created Mon 30/03/2015, Last Updated Mon 30/03/2015

Community unites to demand end to compulsory FIFO in coal mining

Community representatives meeting in Mackay today agreed there must be a halt to compulsory 100% FIFO in Queensland coal mines.

The CFMEU convened a forum today, which heard disturbing stories of families being forced to leave Mackay and surrounding areas in order to keep their jobs, while regional communities struggle with unemployment and plummeting populations.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Steve Smyth said there was broad agreement among the forum of federal, state, local government and community representatives that:

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National Research Director, Peter Colley
Created Mon 30/03/2015, Last Updated Mon 30/03/2015

Which way for Australian mining in 2015?

The challenges facing workers
By Peter Colley, National Research Director

If I could really tell the future, I’d be a billionaire so what follows in this look ahead in our Union’s centenary year is not a forecast, but more an observation about major trends affecting the Australian mining industry. Most people just want to know about the next year or so, but I’ll be dropping in some longer term stuff.