July 2021

Million dollar win over public holiday underpayment

Members at Victoria’s Yallourn Power Station will be backpaid shift penalties after the union challenged the way Energy Australia had calculated public holiday loadings for seven years.

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BHP pushes vote on Central Agreement rollover

Mineworkers across BHP’s Bowen Basin coal mines are expected to roundly reject BHP’s proposal to avoid bargaining for a new BMA Central Enterprise Agreement.

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Australian coal: up or down and when?

The future for coal is uncertain but forecasts suggest the trajectory for Australian coal could be different to other producers around the world, writes National Research Director Peter Colley.

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BHP’s Bowen Basin coking coal mines were once owned by Utah. Former Goonyella Riverside President Shane President looks back at how much Utah invested in community, making towns like Moranbah a great place to live. Listen to our latest podcast for a history of the big blues and wins behind the BMA Central Agreement.

In Other News

Super update: Mine leads the pack

Annual results on super fund performance to 30 June show that Mine Super has had a strong 12 months, with the industry fund for miners being ranked first in a table of the top 10 growth funds. Read More

Queensland miners share labour hire pains

The labour hire rort mining companies have made commonplace through the industry was the focus of a recent Senate hearing, and coal miners Wayne Goulevitch and Chad Stokes made it clear the practice is hurting workers and communities. Read More

Worried about your hearing? Things you should know

Coal mining is a noisy industry. While awareness of risks and use of hearing protection continues to grow, hearing damage is a risk in open cut and underground coal mining environments. Read More

Deadly July - looking back at some of our worst tragedies

It’s known as Deadly July – the month that coal mining communities have endured some of the worst disasters known in our industry’s history. For those who have lost their lives, and for the communities, workmates and loved ones they have left behind, the lessons from each event will never be forgotten. Read More


Coal Long Service Leave scheme must adapt to the times

Australian coal miners fought for and won long service leave entitlements over 70 years ago and we are hopeful that a review recently announced by the Federal Government will deliver constructive proposals that ensure no coal workers are left behind.

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