May 2020

'Worst nightmare': Moranbah miners critically injured

Five underground mineworkers from Anglo American’s Grosvenor mine in Moranbah have suffered severe burns and other injuries after an ignition of gas at the longwall tailgate yesterday afternoon. Union safety inspectors are on site.

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New podcast, tune in!

The new CFMEU Mining and Energy podcast brings you up to date with the latest news and views about our industries workplaces. The first episode looks at how coronavirus has changed the way work.

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May Day salute for Fred Moore

Fred Moore, a legend of our Union and Illawarra trade union movement, is 97 and hasn't missed a May Day celebration since he was 10 years old. This year, with no-one being able to attend traditional May Day celebrations, the South Coast May Day Committee brought May Day to Fred's home in Dapto.

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In Other News

COVID-19 slowdown: Don’t treat labour hire as disposable

Peabody’s Coppabella and Middlemount mines in Central Queensland are among the first coal mines starting to cut jobs citing falling demand and prices for coal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

‘Suck it up or stay home’: unfair choice at FMG

Our Union has mental health concerns for workers at Twiggy Forest’s Fortescue Metals Group who are being restricted to camp in Port Hedland for weeks, even months on end. Read More

Clermont members ride to remember Rocket

Members of our Clermont Lodge in Queensland have celebrated the life of member Rodney ‘Rocket’ Jarro with a motorbike ride to raise money for Rocket’s son Jai. Read More

Vale Fred Love, the ‘Phantom Poet’ of Kemira

The Illawarra is mourning the loss of Fred Love, who passed away on April 19, aged 73. Barry Swan and Kevin Wiseman have shared some memories of their good mate. Read More

Mental health: Look out for you, look out for your mates

MATES in Mining & Energy recognises the potential impact that Covid-19 can have on the mental health and wellbeing of workers in the mining and energy industries. Read More


Protecting your health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

While it’s a relief that mining jobs have been maintained during the COVID-19 crisis, we understand that continuing to work is also causing stress and anxiety for Members.

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