November 2019

Job fears as autonomous trucks roll in

BHP has announced it will introduce 86 autonomous haul trucks to its Goonyella Riverside coal mine in the Bowen Basin in the first major deployment of automated trucks in the coal industry.

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Who is BHP’s new boss?

BHP has announced the company’s Australian head Mike Henry will become CEO, replacing Andrew Mackenzie in the new year. There are five things mineworkers should know about him.

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Tough mine, tougher unionists

Tough underground conditions at North Goonyella gave rise to an even tougher workforce. Sadly, the Lodge wound up last week after Peabody announced production would not resume in the area affected by last year’s serious underground fire.

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There was an emotional ceremony in Moranbah on 8 November, when the community came together to unveil a new memorial to lives lost in mining. The memorial has been a community partnership between Isaac Regional Council, the Mineworkers Trust, CFMEU Mining & Energy National Office, CFMEU Mining & Energy Queensland District, CFMEU Peak Downs Lodge, CFMEU Moranbah North Lodge, CFMEU Goonyella Riverside Lodge, CFMEU Broadmeadow Lodge, AMWU Goonyella Riverside Branch and ETU Goonyella Riverside Branch. Thanks to all our members for their contribution.

In Other News

Ulan camp appears out of nowhere

For years, mining communities in the NSW Central West have opposed the development of mining camps in their region. So there was surprise when a new camp suddenly appeared in Ulan - prompting fears local jobs could be replaced. Read More

Pressure for production leading to accidents

Constant pressure on mineworkers to meet production targets is contributing to accidents on mine sites, a national forum of safety inspectors from across the Division has heard. Read More

UNION WIN: New EA jobs at Saraji

BHP has done everything possible to cut permanent EA jobs and replace them with casual labour hire and now Operations Services, on lower pay and conditions. But union pressure has delivered new EA jobs at BHP Queensland mines, starting with Saraji. Read More

Retired miners bring Christmas cheer to special kids

Our retired members in Mackay had a busy day last Saturday, cooking up a storm for children with special needs and their families and carers at the second annual Special Children’s Christmas Party. Read More

FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY

Tragedies remind us of need for strong safety laws

Nine years ago this week, on 19 November 2010, a massive explosion killed 29 men working underground at New Zealand’s Pike River coal mine. As the families grieve, they are still waiting for someone to be held accountable for the tragedy. It is a reminder that we cannot afford to leave mine safety in the hands of mining companies alone.

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