October 2020

OS workers dudded as BHP cuts jobs, rosters, flights

BHP has cut jobs, changed rosters and cancelled flights and accommodation for Operations Services workers at NSW’s Mt Arthur coal mine, leaving many workers in the lurch.

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Hydrogen offers new future to Latrobe Valley coal

Hydrogen is being touted as the next generation fuel for cars, power stations and homes. A new pilot project in Victoria's Latrobe Valley will use brown coal to produce hydrogen for export to Japan and could kick off a new commercial industry creating mining jobs.

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Coal miner Chris Dodd promotes Indigenous pride through art

Chris Dodd is an operator at Mangoola Open Cut Mine, CFMEU Anvil Hill Lodge member and artist. His artwork ‘Rainbow Serpent’, depicting the Aboriginal legend of creation, now proudly hangs in the Union’s Northern Mining and NSW Energy District Office in Cessnock.

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Coal miners visited Dawson MP George Christensen in Mackay to ask him to fight for permanent jobs in mining. George was a no-show. He's since promised that he's 'fixed' the casual rort, but he always says that before an election. We still need to keep holding our politicians to account. Have your say at www.protectcasualminers.com.au

In Other News

Queensland votes: support the candidates that support you 

Queensland mining and energy workers are being urged to look closely at candidates’ policies affecting them in Saturday’s election. District President Steve Smyth said he’s worried that a number of legislative wins to protect coal miners at work could be under threat if the government changes. Read More

Kill a worker go to jail: new industrial manslaughter laws for WA

Thanks to a fierce Union campaign, Western Australia's parliament has passed industrial manslaughter laws which will enforce a maximum penalty of 20 years' imprisonment for workplace deaths. Read More

China's import ban, what will it mean for coal exports?

The still-unofficial news is that the Chinese government has told state-owned power utility and steel mills to stop importing Australian coal. How much does this mean? Read More

Warning to casual miners as Adero settlement leaves workers with 'diddly squat'

Casual coal miners should be wary about joining a class action being run by profit-driven litigation firm Adero after a Federal Court judge slammed a recent settlement for leaving workers with ‘diddly squat’. Read More

From the President

Reckless rhetoric must stop to protect coal exports and jobs

At a time of global uncertainty, our $15 billion coal trade with China is too important to be put at risk by reckless commentary from Government MPs. Headline-grabbers should be pulled into line and the relationship managed by senior ministers.

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