Thanks to a big union win in the Federal Court, casual coal miners on regular full-time hours are now entitled to benefits like paid leave. Employers are pressuring the Morrison Government to remove these benefits.
When the Oakdale mine closed in 1999, workers were left with millions of dollars in unpaid entitlements. A determined campaign, including a national strike, led to a $6.3 million payout. 20 years later we look back at our great win.
On 16 July 1986 an explosion deep underground took the lives of 12 coal miners. It was a day of tragedy for the families, workmates and friends of the victims, and a harrowing experience for the rescue teams sent in to recover their comrades.
Our legal team has been in the Federal Court this week, defending our landmark win for casual mineworkers. Labour hire bosses and the Morrison Government are trying to overturn it. National Legal Director Alex Bukarica explains.
Hitachi workers in the Hunter Valley fought a tough and disciplined campaign to win proper recognition of their work in the coal mining industry. They are a testament to the benefits of staying strong, united and acting collectively. Union proud!
The Workpac v Skene decision was an important win in the Federal Court, finding that casual mineworkers in regular and continuous employment could claim leave entitlements as their work arrangements are effectively permanent.