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.
Our National Legal Director, Alex Bukarica, explains our win for casual workers in Workpac v Rossato.
BHP has set up a shelf company, Operations Services, to employ a cut price workforce at BHP mines.
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.
On 16 July 1986 an explosion deep underground took the lives of 12 coal miners.
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.
Hitachi workers in the Hunter Valley fought a tough and disciplined campaign to win proper recognition of their work in the coal mining industry.
The casualised workforce at Wongawilli had a massive win when they joined the union and took the boss on collectively.
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 arrangement
Qld District President Steve Smyth is a third generation coal miner. He is gutted by members getting mine dust disease. "You go to work to work, not to die"