September 2020

Have you emailed your MP to end the ‘permanent casual’ rort?

Thousands of casual and permanent coal miners have emailed their MPs, calling on them to end casual exploitation in mining. Have you? It’s urgent, it’s easy and you can do it right here:

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BHP and Chandler Macleod hit with discrimination claim

Aboriginal and older labour hire mineworkers have been stranded without pay for months after BHP excluded them from the workplace due to COVID but refused to pay their wages. The Union is now fighting for their lost pay.

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Union win! New automation roles for EA workers, not staff

The CFMEU has successfully argued that two new roles of Field Officer and Mine Controller created by BHP to manage autonomous coal trucks are to be performed by EA workers, rather than staff. This means more opportunities for the current workforce.

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A permanent and casual coal miner who work side by side and do the same job explain the differences in their job security, entitlements, pay and conditions. It's just not fair.

In Other News

Eureka! Callide Valley flies the flag for workers’ history

Callide Valley Lodge Vice President Adam Burling has honoured Barcaldine's unique history by presenting the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine with a new Eureka flag. Read More

Mike Brunker: ‘We need a mining community view in parliament’

Some of Queensland’s biggest coal mines are in the electorate of Burdekin that Mike Brunker is seeking to represent in Queensland’s Parliament at the 31 October election. He wants the workers in those coal mines to have a strong voice in Brisbane. Read More

New podcast out now

The September episode of the CFMEU Mining and Energy podcast is out now. Listen to our latest news stories. Read More

We're hiring! Growth & Campaigning Organiser, Mackay

Do you have what it takes to become part of a highly motivated and dedicated team of Union organisers that are at the forefront of industrial organising? This is a Mackay based fulltime position, working within the Queensland Mining areas and associated communities. Read More

Mining coping well during pandemic but . . .

Despite the second waves of the pandemic in Australia, the USA and Europe, Australian mining including coal is doing surprisingly well – including coal. But in looking to the future there are some big uncertainties – near term and longer term. Read More

Message from the General Secretary

Your guide to LNP bulls**t about casualisation

Pressure from our campaign has forced a number of LNP politicians out of the woodwork on casualisation in mining. Unfortunately their arguments don’t hold water. Here's what you need to know.

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