July 2019

Silence to honour lost miners

A safety ‘reset’ across the Queensland mining industry this week will start with six minutes’ silence to honour six lives lost in the past year – including four coal miners: Jack Gerdes, David Routledge, Bradley Hardwick and Allan Houston.

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Tiny by name, not by nature

Our Northern Mining and NSW Energy District is losing a stalwart with the retirement of Darren ‘Tiny’ Watson, a coal miner and staunch Unionist for over 30 years.

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A month of mining tragedy

July has a cluster of sad anniversaries for coal miners, with disasters leading to substantial loss of life at Mt Kembla, Box Flat, Appin, Moura and South Bulli. We will never forget those who have lost their lives in industrial disasters and the lessons from each event as we keep fighting to improve safety.

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After a spate of fatalities at Queensland mine sites there will be a pause this week for a safety reset.

In Other News

Dodgy deal: South32 and PIMS conspire to cut wages

Coal miners in the Illawarra are being urged not to sign up with a new contracting company that has backflipped on hiring workers under a new union deal. Read More

Welcome to our new District Vice Presidents

Congratulations to Craig Carberry in the South West and Jeff Scales in Queensland who have won elections for Vice President roles. Read More

New jobs in NSW coal – but three-quarters are contractors

Latest coal industry jobs data shows that coal jobs in NSW are at their highest level in five years, but growth isn’t delivering direct, permanent jobs. Read More

Are you being paid for pre-starts?

Mineworkers at Queensland’s Cameby Downs coal mine have received up to $17,000 each in backpay after their employer Yancoal required them to participate in pre-start briefings before their paid workday started. Read More

From the General Secretary

Strong EAs the key to fighting bosses’ attacks

With bosses attacking mineworkers’ rights and conditions on a number of fronts, it has never been more important to have strong union agreements to protect your employment standards. Accident pay is a recent target, with the major coal mining companies teaming up to cut provisions for injured workers in the Black Coal Mining Industry Award.

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