June 2022

First steps to a better deal at Carmichael

Workers at the controversial Carmichael mine have been on some of the worst pay and conditions in the Queensland coal industry. Now, they are building union power and have started bargaining for a new agreement to change that.

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Underground for 55 days: what was it like?

Meet Geoff Rose, who stayed underground for 55 days in a sit-in strike in the 1980s. The Preston Sit-In Strike was recently honoured with a monument. Geoff, a retired coal miner and unionist, recounts his experience and lessons for workers today.

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Mt Arthur: BHP must support workers and communities

BHP has taken workers and the Hunter community by surprise with its eight-year timeframe for closure of the giant Mt Arthur coal mine near Muswellbrook.

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In Other News

Survey reveals widespread sexual harassment

A survey of our QLD members shows that mineworkers are experiencing sexual harassment at unacceptable levels, and employers are not doing enough to protect workers from instances of sexual harassment or support them to report abuse and harassment. Read More

End of an era – Collie power station and mine closures

The WA Government has announced the state's coal-fired power stations will be closed by 2030. National Research Director Peter Colley writes about the changes ahead for the coal region of Collie. Read More

Scott Brittliffe is retiring but he's still got plenty of fight

Northern District stalwart Scott Brittliffe is retiring from a long career in the coal industry and his role as President of the United Wambo Lodge. He shares what he's learnt about fighting and winning. Read More

From the General President

What's next for Same Job Same Pay?

The election of the Albanese Labor Government means we can now look forward to progress on new laws to implement Same Job Same Pay for labour hire workers in the mining industry and across the workforce.

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