December 2019

Big win at Boggabri

A determined five-month campaign of industrial action has delivered a big win on pay and conditions at Boggabri Coal and set a new standard for working conditions in the Gunnedah Basin coal industry. 

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‘Everyone is pitching in’: miners fight fires

CFMEU members have been battling bushfires across NSW. Fires have come dangerously close to mines and power stations in the western coalfields around Lithgow, with flames coming within about 200 metres of the pit at Springvale.

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Christmas blow for Cook coal miners

With less than a week to Christmas, workers at Cook Colliery at Blackwater were left stunned as they were told to ‘go to your camp rooms, pick up your belongings and leave’, with the mine going into administration.

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In 2019, CFMEU Mining and Energy members have stood up and won better pay and conditions. We’ve fought against the ‘permanent casual’ business model that exploits labour hire workers. And we have mourned five tragic coal mining deaths. We look back at the highs and lows of 2019 and wish all Members and their families a Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year. 

In Other News

Australia avoids a recession – mostly due to mining

Major mineral prices – iron ore and coal – are way off their recent peaks, but strong mineral exports continue to be a big part of why the Australian economy has not slipped into recession. Read More

The battle for Rothbury: 90th anniversary

December 16 marked the 90th anniversary of the bloodiest clash in the industrial history of Australia - the battle at Rothbury during the 15-month Northern District coal miners lockout of 1929-30. Read More

Automation in Queensland coal: securing our jobs and communities

BHP has announced it will introduce autonomous trucks at its Goonyella Riverside coal mine in Queensland's Bowen Basin. A new Queensland District Discussion Paper outlines some of the key issues and challenges. Read More

Job opportunity: Campaign and Growth organiser for the Pilbara

The Western Mine Workers Alliance (WMWA) is seeking an experienced FIFO campaign and growth organiser to work in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Read More

Get in your application for a Mineworkers' Trust Scholarship!

Applications for the 2020 Mineworkers' Trust Scholarship awards are now open. Read More


End to a year of highs and lows

2019 has been book-ended by some great wins, reminders that when workers are united we can take on multinational mining companies and win. It has also been a year of challenges. I wish all our members and their families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, before another big year in 2020.

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