June 2021

Appin win: labour hire companies must consult, redeploy

Members sacked by WorkPac at South32’s Appin mine have had an important unfair dismissal win, in a ruling that shows labour hire companies can't avoid their obligations by arguing they are just the 'middle man'.

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Callide miners win permanent jobs guarantee

Our members at Callide mine at Biloela have had a big win for job security, negotiating a new Enterprise Agreement that guarantees permanent job numbers.

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Conversations about joining

In our latest podcast, delegates talk about how they help members on the job and talk to new workers about joining. Listen to Chad Hanson from Mt Thorley Warkworth, Heath Timmins from Moura and Organising Director Mick Weise discuss how they address common concerns.

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Anthony Albanese joined us for an online 'Town Hall' to answer members' questions about how legislation to enforce 'Same Job Same Pay' and end the casual rort in mining would work. Watch a summary of the event.

In Other News

Coal prices up, but not assets

Australian coal export prices – especially thermal coal – have shot up this year as the world recovers from the pandemic that dominated 2020. Which is good for company profits and for jobs. But we aren’t seeing either a rapid boost in coal asset values or in investment due to longer term forecasts of coal decline. Read More

Inquiry reveals ‘unacceptable’ risk for Grosvenor workers

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry released its final report this month, finding that workers at Anglo American’s Grosvenor mine were exposed to unacceptable levels risk before last year’s shocking explosion. Read More

‘Don’t go commando’ and other tips for nailing your medical

Dr Jennifer Cullen's new book ‘FIFO FIT’ is a guide for resource industry workers to reduce stress and time-wasting for workers going through the process – and help them pass first time. Read More

From the General President

New superannuation laws – what do they mean for you?

The Federal Government has pushed its controversial ‘Your Future, Your Super’ Bill through Parliament, meaning a raft of changes to superannuation will come into effect from July 1. While it sounds friendly enough, the new legislation contains a number of measures that could leave mining and energy workers worse off.

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