February 2023

Energy workers arc up

MEU delegates from coal-fired power stations and domestic thermal coal mines across Australia met in Sydney last week to discuss the challenges facing their industry and the need for co-ordinated federal support for workers.

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Carmichael workers organise and win

Coal mineworkers at the Bravus Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Gallilee Basin have unionised their workplace and won an industry leading Enterprise Agreement.

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Peree puts mining front and centre in NSW election

Growing up in a mining union family inspired Peree Watson to get involved in charity and community work. Now she’s running for NSW Parliament.

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Graeme Edwards’ family and workmates are relieved Energy Australia has finally faced consequences over his preventable death in a workplace accident at Yallourn Power Station in 2018.

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In Other News

Add your voice: Justice for Miners Campaign

After a shocking start to 2023 in the Queensland mining industry, our Queensland District is urging everyone to back a campaign for greater justice and accountability over worker deaths. Read More

BHP brings in US$25.7 billion in 6 months, but continues to complain about royalties

It’s that time of year again. The world’s major mining and resource companies are revealing exactly how much money they’ve been able to add to their coffers over the past six months – or over the past year, for those operating with a January to December financial year. Read More

WA Government provides $20 million bailout to state’s principal coal supplier, Griffin Coal

The WA Government has provided almost a $20 million bailout to Griffin Coal in order to protect the state’s electricity supply. Read More

Long service leave win for coal contractors

Message from the General Secretary

A recent Federal Court judgment has upheld the principle that if you perform coal mining work in a coal mine, you should receive coal mining entitlements. It sounds obvious, but some contractor employers have been arguing that if their primary business is not coal mining, they shouldn’t have to stump up.

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