July 2020

South32’s risky game with contractor livelihoods

South32 is using the COVID crisis as cover to drive down contractor conditions at NSW’s Appin mine. Lower hourly rates with new 'at risk' production-based bonuses are raising fears about how safety underground could be affected.

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Beware job cuts in disguise as driverless trucks roll in

BHP has announced it will introduce 34 autonomous trucks at Central Queensland’s Daunia mine, making it the second BHP coal mine to embrace driverless technology after a fleet of 86 was announced for Goonyella Riverside late last year.

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Deadly July: looking back at lives lost, lessons learned

Our former General Secretary Andrew Vickers looks back at the historical mine tragedies that have made July such a sad month for coal mining communities. Those who have lost their lives in mining disasters and the lessons from each event will never be forgotten.

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‘There’s a myth that says you can’t get coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (Black Lung) unless you’ve worked underground. That’s entirely untrue.’ The NSW Resources Regulator has a new campaign ‘Take action to prevent dust disease’. Please watch this informative video and find more resources here: https://www.resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au/safety-and-health/about-us/advisory-council/msac-dust-toolkit

In Other News

Prospects for coal – COVID-19 and beyond

Compared to many industries hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, mining is doing reasonably well and that includes coal mining. But National Research Director Peter Colley warns there are some ominous clouds – both short-term and longer-term. Read More

New podcast: July episode of the Mining and Energy podcast out now!

This month's podcast covers South32's grubby tactics to drive down contractor conditions, a look back at the sad history of mining disasters in July and CFMMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor looks at how members from across our Union are essential to economic recovery. Read More

New industrial manslaughter laws welcomed in Queensland

On July 1, after years of advocacy from mineworkers and our Union, tougher safety laws were introduced in Queensland. Read More

From the National Secretary, CFMMEU

Government must do more to drive COVID economic recovery 

National Secretary Michael O'Connor says members from across the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union have kept this country running through the coronavirus crisis – but now they need some back up from government.

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