November 2022

Families grinning in BHP paid parental leave win

Apprentices and trainees employed by BHP Coal can access paid parental leave in an important win fought for by unions.

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Backpay win over Covid isolation

Members at Appin have won backpay over being forced to take unpaid or annual leave for Covid testing and isolation that went beyond public health orders.

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Callide disaster shows urgent need to invest in maintenance

Callide Power Station near Biloela in Central Queensland spent a week in the headlines earlier this month as a succession of incidents exposed the dangerous failure to invest in maintenance at the aging site.

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Moranbah miners share their stories in this wonderful short film produced for this year's annual memorial event.

In Other News

WIN: BHP must pay over labour hire sacking

BHP broke the law and must compensate a labour hire miner they sacked after she raised safety concerns, the Federal Court has ruled in a big win for contractors. Read More

BHP rail workers fight for annual pay rise

Train Crews in the Pilbara are taking on BHP over the principle that they should get a guaranteed annual pay increase, instead of relying on performance appraisals. Read More

Programmed: Biggest labour hire company with worst pay

Workers at Programmed Services are getting organised to improve pay and conditions for contractors working across mines in the Hunter Valley.   Read More

Legal win against dodgy fixed term contracts

An important legal win by our union will make it harder for mining companies to use fixed and ‘maximum’ term contracts to avoid paying termination and redundancy entitlements. Read More

Lifesaving ‘Dust Bus’ coming to a regional centre near you

Former and retired mine and quarry workers are encouraged to take part in the free lung screening program delivered by the first-of-its-kind HEART 5 mobile medical imaging clinic launched in February. Read More

From the General Secretary

Celebrating 100 years of solidarity

I recently had the pleasure of attending Centenary Celebrations for the Wonthaggi Miners Dispensary. Our Union places a great deal of importance on commemorating memorials, key historical dates or anniversary celebrations.

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