August 2021

Class action dropped as new laws hit casual rights

Our class action to recover entitlements for current and former casual miners employed by labour hire company WorkPac was dropped this week, with new laws meaning there was no realistic chance of success.

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Roy Hill labour hire deal quashed

A labour hire deal covering train drivers at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara has been quashed after a successful challenge by our union.

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Gouldy for the Archibald?

Nigel Gould has worked in mines around Australia, but his real passion is union and community activism. He is also hoping to be the first member of our union to feature in the prestigious Archibald portrait prize.

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Last month in Moranbah, community and union members got together for Politics in the Pub to talk about what casualisation of jobs means for mining communities. Here's what they had to say.

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Near unanimous no vote sends clear message to BHP

Coal miners across BHP’s Bowen Basin coal mines have comprehensively rejected the company’s attempt to roll over the existing BMA Central Agreement without improving job security provisions. Read More

FIFO sexual harassment exposed

A survey of FIFO mineworkers in Western Australia’s Pilbara region conducted by the Western Mine Workers Alliance reveals a disturbing rate of workplace sexual harassment. Read More

Cut and run or manage to closure? The BHP and Glencore models compared

With the announcement of BHP’s annual results on 17 August we witnessed BHP not only confirming it was getting out of thermal coal production but also oil and gas. In contrast Glencore, the world’s largest thermal coal producer in the international trade, says it will manage its coal mines to closure. Read More

Scholarship winner leads nuclear medicine team

Cassandra Mulcahy was delighted to receive a Mineworkers Trust scholarship in 2011 when she was studying for a degree in Medical Radiation Science at Newcastle Uni. Ten years later, she is leading a team as a Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Royal Perth Hospital. Read More


COVID vaccination in Mining and Energy workplaces

We encourage members to get vaccinated when they are able, but we do not support mandatory vaccination in mining and energy workplaces. Read our statement on COVID-19 vaccinations.

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