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Created Fri 1/07/2016, Last Updated Fri 9/09/2016

Coal industry employers seek to reduce redundancy pay – Union fights back

Representatives of the coal industry employers have made an application to cap redundancy pay under the Black Coal Award to a maximum of 27 weeks pay, from the currently unlimited accrual.

This is an outrageous attack on the entitlements of ordinary workers by some of the world’s richest multinational corporations.

The Central Executive of the Union has determined to devote whatever resources are necessary to defeat this application.

The Union has filed extensive written submissions in this matter and 16 witness statements. Included in the evidence filed by the Union is an expert report by renowned economist Professor David Peetz, a report on a telephone  survey of 2600 coal mining employees in New South Wales and Queensland and statements by 12 rank and file members who would be impacted by the proposed cap, or who have done it tough since being made redundant in the recent downturn.

Members can view these documents by following this hyperlink connection to the Fair Work Commission website.

The hearing of the employer claim is due to be heard on 7 – 11 November 2016 in Sydney.

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