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Mar 27, 2021
Mining arm advances push to break away from CFMMEU

Mining arm advances push to break away from CFMMEU

The Mining and Energy Division has applied to the Fair Work Commission for a member ballot to leave the CFMMEU and form an independent union. The application and ‘scheme of withdrawal’ was unanimously approved by the Mining and Energy Division’s Central Council this week. The application proposes a future standalone union, the Mining and Energy… ...

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Mar 02, 2021
Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against the CFMEU and five officials for incidents during an Oaky North coal mine dispute more than three years ago. It is alleged that the union and each of the officials contravened the Fair Work Act by engaging in and encouraging abusive conduct that amounted to adverse action… ...

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Mar 02, 2021
Miners vote to split from ‘chest-beating’ CFMEU

Miners vote to split from ‘chest-beating’ CFMEU

Updated March 2 – 3PM The mining and energy division of the CFMEU has resolved to break away from the broader union in a unanimous vote at their national convention. A statement supporting the resolution at the 2021 Mining and Energy Division National Convention noted there was ‘there was nothing of substance’ that remaining in… ...

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Dec 10, 2020
Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

A mineworkers’ union says a survey has shown only 4 per cent of those employed by BHP’s Operations Services are satisfied that their wages and conditions stack up with Queensland coal industry standards. It comes as the mining giant tries to lock in their substandard conditions with fresh Enterprise Agreements, CFMEU Mining and Energy says…. ...

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Oct 14, 2020
Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt. Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks. CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the… ...

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Aug 31, 2020
Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

A key mining union has welcomed Senate support for a motion calling on the Morrison Government to crack down on the widespread use of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining. The motion noted the rapid growth of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining and called on the Federal Government to withdraw from a WorkPac High Court case on… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Queensland’s Chief Inspector of Coal Mines has denied allegations of a deteriorating relationship with union check inspectors or pushing them out of investigations. Peter Newman was giving evidence on day two of the public hearings of the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, called after an explosion at Grosvenor mine in May injured five men.  He was… ...

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Jul 15, 2020
Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

The miners’ union has claimed a victory in its battle against BHP over its Operations Services workforce conditions. The Fair Work Commission this week upheld an appeal against approval of the enterprise agreements covering Operations Services staff over concerns they weren’t genuinely agreed by workers.  It was an interim decision allowing BHP seven days to… ...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham… ...

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