September 2021

‘Let’s move forward as one’: New Lodge takes on Yancoal

Coal miners at Moolarben underground mine in NSW have formed our union’s newest Lodge, with members determined to improve their below-standard pay and conditions.

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Tassie coal miners fight to protect conditions

Cornwall Colliery is a small coal mine with a long history. Mining at the site began in 1886 and while there were once several coal mines across the state, Cornwall is the last remaining underground coal mine in Tasmania.

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Tragic fatality at Crinum underground mine

The Queensland coal industry has been shaken by the death of Graham Dawson at Crinum underground mine. The union has offered Graham’s family our support and deepest condolences as our District check inspectors investigate the tragedy.

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This year is the Centenary of the Mt Mulligan mine disaster, when 75 miners were killed at the remote Queensland mine on 23 September 1921. In this snippet from our Podcast we hear from local Ken Best who shared family recollections of the day.

In Other News

BHP tells Hunter Valley coal miners: ‘move to Queensland or lose your job’

BHP has told 80 workers at its Mt Arthur coal mine at Muswellbrook they will lose their jobs if they don’t accept a transfer to central Queensland or remote South Australia at the beginning of November. Read More

China and Australian coal – whither the giant?

In the second half of September the President of China, Xi Jinping, announced that China would no longer invest in new coal projects in other countries. National Research Director looks at what's happening in China and what it could mean for the future of Yancoal, one of the biggest producers in Australia. Read More

Vale Bill Chapman

A giant of our Union, former Northern District President Bill Chapman, has passed away aged 90, after a life committed to the welfare of mineworkers and their communities. Read More

From the President


We have had a setback on giving members a say over our future in the CFMMEU, but in the meantime we plan to move ahead with changing our name to reflect our operation as an independent Mining and Energy Union.

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