May 2021

Jeff backs coal miners in crucial NSW by-election

Northern District Vice President Jeff Drayton has thrown his hat in the ring for the crucial Upper Hunter by-election on 22 May. And if elected, the first thing he’ll do is introduce a bill to boost permanent jobs and ‘same job same pay’ for coal miners.

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Legal team fights to save casual rights

The union’s legal team was in the High Court in Canberra this week, to defend our landmark win for casual miners in WorkPac v Rossato. But whatever the outcome, the Morrison Government and One Nation have teamed up to block rights and backpay for casual miners.

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Mel’s safety journey is full of firsts

Mel Shore is a check inspector at Mt Arthur South. She has had lots of firsts in the mining industry and encourages all coal miners to think about their safety firsts - like the first hazard you chase up or the first time you tag out a fatigued workmate.

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The community of Moranbah celebrated two important anniversaries on this year’s May Day weekend – 50 years since the coal mining town was put on the map; and 50 years since the mighty Goonyella Riverside Lodge was formed. The whole community - including retired miners, kids and people who returned for the celebrations – gathered to march and mark the occasion.

In Other News

UPDATE: Member ballot to withdraw from CFMMEU

The first court hearing for the Mining and Energy Division’s application for a member ballot to withdraw from the CFMMEU has been set for 8 June. Read More

Re-entry underway at Anglo’s Grosvenor and Moranbah North mines

Mineworkers are back underground at Grosvenor mine a year after a shocking explosion at the longwall face badly injured five miners; and at Moranbah North mine three months after an underground fire. Read More

HISTORY: How a dragline and a bottle of water helped win housing for Moura

Unionised miners and their families have fought hard over decades to win decent housing and living conditions in central Queensland coal fields. Here’s the inspiring story of one woman who took on a mining giant in in 1963 armed with a bottle of water. Read More

Job opportunity: organiser and growth campaigner for the Pilbara

The Western Mineworkers Alliance (WMWA) is looking for a new organiser and growth campaigner to join their dynamic team. Read More

FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY

Are all politicians really the same?

Politicians are about as popular as used car salesmen, but their commitments and actions make a big difference to working people. When it comes to elections, it’s worth finding out what you’re really voting for.

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