March 2023

Win: the boss can’t force you to work public holidays

Workers win the right to choose: a major legal victory by our union now prevents employers from forcing employees to work public holidays, including Easter and Anzac Day.

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‘Don’t let us become a stranded asset’

Power station workers from around Australia travel to Canberra to tell politicians why we need a federal Authority to support coal power workers and communities.

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Hydrogen investment brings hope to the Latrobe Valley

A $2.3 billion Japanese Government investment in a coal-to-hydrogen plant in Victoria promises to create 1,000 ongoing jobs and provide career pathways for displaced coal mining and power workers.

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OS production workers vote No

BHP's push for substandard Enterprise Agreements stumbles as Operations Services Production workers reject the deal, demanding better pay rates and guaranteed raises.

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In Other News

11 Tips for Nurturing Strong Relationships while working FIFO/DIDO

Discover 11 practical tips for maintaining strong connections with your partner and children while working FIFO or DIDO. Read More

BHP caught out sacking contractor for raising safety fears

Safety First: Legal Win against Unfair Dismissal - The Federal Court ruled that BHP unlawfully sacked a Workpac labour hire operator at one of its Queensland mines for raising safety concerns. Read More

Community comes together to discuss energy future in Biloela

Biloela's community-driven energy forum sparks change as locals, union members, and industry experts come together to discuss a sustainable, job-creating energy future for the region. Read More

Camp standards needed for worker comfort, health and safety

The WMWA demands better camp standards for worker comfort, health, and safety in remote accommodations. Advocating for uniform guidelines to address sanitation, hygiene, and facilities, aiming to improve the living standards and conditions for all FIFO workers. Read More

Your guide to understanding the Safeguard Mechanism

The Safeguard Mechanism sets industry emission baselines, balancing economic growth and environmental sustainability. This policy encourages cleaner practices and penalises companies exceeding baselines. Read More

From the General Secretary

At last: fair long service leave for casual coal miners

New legislation means count casual coal miners' hours will be fairly counted towards long service leave, addressing a long-standing inequity in the industry.

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