March 2020

COVID-19: Protecting mineworkers' health, jobs and pay

Mineworkers are vulnerable during the current Covid-19 outbreak. We are calling on mining companies to provide certainty to workers over how their jobs, pay and health will be protected.

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Labour hire a billion-dollar hit to mining regions

A new report has found that regional mining areas are each losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year as a result of permanent jobs being replaced with lower-paid labour hire.

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Trailblazer Kerry a role model for women

Shotfirer Kerry Koneiczny started in the mining industry as an operator, but soon had her eye on swapping trucks and drills for explosives. “When I got into a mine site and saw a blast go off I thought, ‘that’s what I want to do’.”

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As the use of labour hire has increased in the mining industry, wages have sharply dropped. Millions of dollars are being ripped off from workers and out of communities.  See community and union leaders, and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese MP, speaking at the launch of the McKell Institute report.

In Other News

Labour hire at South 32: 'looks like a misuse of market power'

Negotiations with labour hire providers at South 32's Appin and Dendrobium underground mines follow a suspicious pattern: 'we get close to a deal but then the employer gets cold feet and tells us that South 32 won't wear it.' Read More

How will Covid-19 affect the coal industry?

National Research Director Peter Colley looks at the issues ahead for the coal industry as the world comes to grips with the impact of Covid-19. Read More

Global approach needed to address deadly mine dust

Mining is a multinational industry and companies must be held to the highest standards when it comes to dust exposure for workers. Read More

From the President

Labour hire disaster exposed

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the folly of an economy built on casual labour. The mining industry has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to casualisation.

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