Mineworkers Trust provides funding for hospitals, schools, sporting groups, emergency services and many other community projects.
Annually MWT awards scholarships to CFMEU Mining & Energy family members to pursue tertiary education. Read More about Scholarships.
The Trust has a truly remarkable history, beginning in the 1970s when the operators of the Nymboida Mine, near Grafton, declared bankruptcy and abandoned the lease. The workers staged a "work in" believing the mine was still viable. And so began "the Mine the Workers ran". A series of negotiations between the Union and the State Government resulted in ownership being granted to the Miners Federation. Thus began the new initiative of United Collieries, a new joint venture with the Federation as lease owner and a number of big mining companies who provided finance for developing the mine.
So far the Trust has returned more than $10 million dollars to Australian mining communities.
About Mineworkers Trust - interview with Andrew Vickers
Last Stand At Nymboida
In 2012 the story of Nymboida and the Mineworkers Trust was put on film. The film has enjoyed tremendous success, winning numerous awards, including at international level. Watch the trailer for the movie.