August 2019

Union class action seeks millions for casual miners

Our Union has this week filed a landmark class action law suit to win back millions of dollars in unpaid entitlements for coal miners misclassified as casuals by labour hire firm WorkPac.

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Farewell Lee, Welcome Andy

South Western District Secretary Lee Webb has retired this month, with Andy Davey elected to replace him.

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When the Oakdale mine closed in 1999, workers were left with millions of dollars in unpaid entitlements. A determined campaign, including a national strike, led to a $6.3 million payout. 20 years later we look back at our great win.

In Other News

Shareholders win, workers lose as BHP profit jumps

BHP has posted record dividends to shareholders and higher but not record profits for the year ended June. Profit margins remain huge even as the company continues cost-cutting. Read More

Public holiday win: payment applies even if you are rostered off

CFMEU members at specialist contractor Wilson Mining will receive backpay for public holidays that fell on rostered days off in a decision that confirms that mineworkers can be eligible for public holiday loading even if they are not at work. Read More

Queensland safety resets: have your say

Tell us about your Safety Reset experience. Read More

From the President

Ensuring Integrity the latest assault on unions

The introduction of the Morrison Government’s Ensuring Integrity Bill signals that we are heading towards another major assault on unions’ rights to do their core job of representing members.

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