February 2022

Workers blindsided by Eraring early closure

Hundreds of workers at Eraring power station at Lake Macquarie were blindsided by an announcement by Origin that the company is seeking to close the power station in 2025, seven years earlier than previously planned.

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Rally for secure work, Same Job Same Pay

Coal miners joined nurses, truck drivers, teachers, university lecturers, manufacturing workers and other workers from across the Hunter in a rally calling for secure jobs and fair pay last weekend.

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Fury at failure to prosecute over Grosvenor blast

Queensland coal miners are angry at the decision announced today that no charges will be laid over the May 2020 Grosvenor underground mine explosion that left five workers seriously injured and many more traumatised.

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BHP making loads of money as coal comes roaring back

On 15 February the world’s biggest mining company announced its half year results to December 2021. And the profits were huge, especially from coal.

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In Other News

Fred Moore: 'a life packed with extraordinary events and achievements'

Miners Federation legend Fred Moore passed away aged 99 in January. Fred's long term friend, and the former editor of Common Cause, Paddy Gorman, delivered this moving eulogy at Fred's funeral. Read More

New mobile unit to support workers in fight against mine dust lung disease

Campaigning by our Queensland District has resulted in the delivery of a $2 million state of the art mobile medical centre to detect and treat mine dust lung disease. Read More

Mining theme photography competition – enter now!

Our Western Australian District and the Collie Agricultural Society are teaming up to sponsor a national 'mining theme' photo competition. Read More

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Do you Insta? Follow our new page @meuaustralia – it’s another way to keep in touch. Read More

From the President

Hydrogen revolution has to start where we can afford it

Earlier this month, Australia’s richest man – iron ore magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest – launched a bizarre attack on an innovative project in the Latrobe Valley producing hydrogen from brown coal. Here is my response as published in the Australian Financial Review.

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