November 2020

‘Absolutely stoked’: OS workers celebrate victory over BHP

In a fantastic victory against BHP, the full bench of the Fair Work Commission has finally ruled that two Enterprise Agreements covering the Operations Services workforce are not legally valid. Now, OS workers are looking forward to their chance to negotiate a better deal.

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Breaking: High Court will hear appeal against our casual wins

The High Court of Australia has granted special leave to WorkPac to appeal the Federal Court’s WorkPac v Rossato decision which confirmed full-time mineworkers on long-term advance rosters are not genuine casuals.

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FIFO workers hoping for family Christmas after months away

Many FIFO mineworkers in Western Australia are looking forward to seeing their families at Christmas for the first time in months - but they’re also worried about getting caught up in sudden border closures if COVID clusters emerge.

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In our latest podcast, Brodie Allen, who works at Blackwater, talks about what the big win against BHP means for him and his OS workmates

In Other News

Peabody in trouble again – what does it mean for Australian operations?

Peabody Energy was for a very long time the largest publicly-listed coal mining company in the world, and traces its history back to 1883. But in late November the market value of the US-based company was just US$134 million, and the company has given formal notice that it may have to enter bankruptcy-protection. Read More

Moranbah puts lamps out for lost miners in moving memorial service

For this year's Moranbah Memorial Ceremony residents of the Bowen Basin coal mining hub were urged to ‘put your lamps out’ and gather in their driveways at dusk on 6 November to commemorate mining lives lost in their coalfields. The whole community got behind the moving event. Read More

WorkSafe’s failure to prosecute over power station death undermines confidence in safety

WorkSafe Victoria’s decision not to prosecute over the death of Graeme Edwards at EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn power station two years ago is a denial of justice for Graeme and a blow to workers’ confidence in the safety laws meant to protect them. Read More

From the President

What is the future for the Mining and Energy Division?

Our Central Council recently made some important decisions about the future direction of the Mining and Energy Division within the CFMMEU. Here are answers to questions Members may have.

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