CFMEU - Mining and Energy Division
The CFMEU has repelled another attempt by a shonky labour hire outfit to further lower the bar on rights and conditions in the coal mining industry by exploiting vulnerable contract workers.
In an important win in the Fair Work Commission, our Union successfully appealed against an earlier decision that would have granted Sparta Mining Services Pty Ltd the right to register a ‘national agreement’ that set a new low for labour hire contract workers in the industry, with a wage rate just 4% above the bare Award.
In another major breakthrough for casual labour hire contract coal mineworkers, our Union has won significant pay and entitlement benefits for SCM workers at South 32’s Appin Colliery. It consolidates new benchmark standards set by the Delta workers in their recent breakthrough there against casualisation.
Union loses another giant with the passing of Bill ‘Taffy’ Smale, former Miners Federation General Secretary
Our Union has lost another giant with the passing of former Miners Federation General Secretary Bill (Taffy) Smale yesterday (13 Feb) aged 93.
Taffy, as he was known to all his friends and Comrades, rose through the ranks as a Lodge and District President to be elected as General Secretary of the Miners Federation in 1973, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1982. Throughout those years he was involved in some of the most pivotal struggles and campaigns that won many of the conditions and benefits we enjoy today.
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