June 2019

‘Jetstar’ model lands at BHP mines

Peak Downs and Saraji coal mines are the latest targets for BHP’s new cut-price workforce employed by its in-house labour hire company, Operations Services. The cost-cutting model is already creating division at Caval Ridge, Daunia and Mt Arthur coal mines.

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Lessons from lockout inspire scholarship winner

Congratulations to Halle Brown and Aimee Williamson, who were among 20 successful applicants for this year’s round of Mineworkers Trust scholarships.

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Farewell Andy Honeysett

South West District President Andy Honeysett retires at the end of June, ending a long career as an underground coal miner and unionist. Andy is respected across the union as a determined fighter for members and loyal colleague.

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Casual labour hire is a cancer in the industry...but if you get together and act collectively you can achieve anything in the workplace.

In Other News

Bosses attack on coal award will hit long service leave

The Australian Industry Group is seeking to vary the Black Coal Mining Industry Award to reduce the scope of workers it covers, affecting important entitlements like long service leave. Read More

Mobile screening unit latest win in dust disease fight

A mobile screening van to test Queensland coal mineworkers for dust diseases including black lung is the latest win in the Union’s campaign to stem growth in the deadly condition. Read More

Is BHP getting out of thermal coal?

Hint: not while it’s making so much money. There was media coverage recently that the world’s biggest listed mining company, Australia’s BHP, was getting out of thermal coal. So what did the company actually say, and what did they mean? Read More

Moranbah cadets keep their cool with Lodge donation

Well done to our Goonyella Riverside Lodge for their generous donation of a transportable camping fridge to the local Moranbah army cadets. Read More


Adani jobs must be permanent, local and well-paid

There’s no question that coal was at the centre of May’s federal election. Green activists and the ‘stop Adani’ campaign made sure of that, with their convoy into Queensland backfiring when it turned out that people in coal regions support our second largest export industry and the jobs it provides.

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