December 2020

'Don't back down': How Boggabri miners took on the boss and won

Mineworkers at Boggabri Coal in NSW’s Gunnedah Basin are enjoying a second pre-Christmas pay rise after a tough but successful industrial battle last year. Here's how they fought and won.

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5 ways new IR laws screw you over

The Federal Government's proposed new IR laws have been called the worst attack on workers' rights since WorkChoices. They would overturn our wins for casual miners and make it harder for us to beat dodgy Enterprise Agreements. We'll join the fight to stop them passing Parliament.

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Balmain explosion bravery honoured, 90 years later

Steve Kerr was surprised to discover that there had once been a coal mine in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain and that his grandfather David had died in an explosion there in 1933. He set about having the site's important industrial history and his grandfather's bravery recognised.

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In Other News

Are you or a family member studying next year? Apply for a Mineworkers Trust Scholarship

Every year, the Mineworkers Trust awards 20 scholarships each worth $6250 to our Members and their families. If you or your family member or dependent are undertaking tertiary education in 2021 then you are eligble to apply. Applications are open now! Read More

Operations Services: finally at the bargaining table, now have your say

Union representatives have met with BHP for the first time to negotiate new agreements for Operations Services maintenance and production workers. The meetings were short, but it is a big achievement to get BHP to the bargaining table. Read More

Title for fighting coal miner of Narrabri

Our Member Wade Ryan showed the grit and determination he is known for when he recently won a boxing championship at East Cessnock Bowling Club. Read More

From the General Secretary

Farewell (and good riddance) to 2020

Mining and Energy workers have made an incredible contribution this year by keeping the lights on and our industries running during the pandemic. Let's enjoy time with loved ones this Christmas and come back ready for the challenges of 2021.

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