May 2019

The coal miner we need in Canberra

Long-term CFMEU member Russell Robertson has been a coal miner for 25 years. Now he’s running for federal parliament in the crucial Central Queensland seat of Capricornia, fighting for a coal industry that delivers for workers.

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Beating the FIFO blues

Western Australia has become the first state to develop an industry code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers. It is a welcome development, but will companies stump up for real change?

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Winners and grinners at kids' footy day

Over 250 kids from primary schools across the Gunnedah region in northern NSW gathered for a great day of rugby league competition at the annual Coalminers Cup Carnival in April

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Hitachi workers in the Hunter Valley fought a tough and disciplined campaign to win recognition of their work in the coal mining industry. They are a testament to the benefits of staying strong, united and acting collectively. Union proud!

In Other News

Morrison moves to undo Skene entitlements win

The Morrison Government has intervened to wind back the CFMEU’s court win in the matter of Queensland coal miner Paul Skene, which found he was entitled to backpaid annual leave as he was not genuinely casual. Read More

Give us a (toilet) break: anger at Anglo's 'she-wee' survey

AngloAmerican has surveyed women coal mineworkers about their familiarity and use of ‘she-wees’, menstrual cups and absorbent underpants, which would reduce their need to take bathroom breaks. They are not impressed. Read More

New Winchester South coal mine to generate hundreds of jobs

The Queensland Government has announced that Whitehaven Coal’s $1 billion Winchester South coal mine near Moranbah is being fast-tracked. It will deliver 950 new jobs. Read More

Power station workers walk off over unfair overtime

Workers at the Darling Downs Power Station walked off the job last week, frustrated about the progress of talks for their new Enterprise Agreement after nine months of negotiations. Further stoppages are being considered. Read More


Your vote this federal election

The looming federal election is an important one for mining and energy workers. We believe a change of government is by far the best outcome for mining and energy workers – for permanent jobs, for better wages and for energy policy to protect working people.

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