Published: 5 Jun 2019
CFMEU National President Tony Maher has called on Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow to urgently clarify the number and nature of jobs that will be offered at the Charmichael mine project during its production phase, if the project is approved. Mr Maher has written formally to Mr Dow with the union’s key questions:
“Mining can and should be a provider of quality employment for regional Australians,” Mr Maher said in the letter.
“Unfortunately, the industry hasn’t always held up its side of the bargain. Coal mining companies have been known to reject locals in favour of FIFO workers from thousands of kilometres away and have driven mass casualisation across the industry, leaving workers without leave entitlements or job security for years on end.
“Union and community members who have supported your project in good faith, on the basis of good local jobs, deserve to know they won’t be let down if the project proceeds.
“The Carmichael mine project has the potential to provide quality employment to thousands of locals over the years ahead. But this outcome cannot be relied upon unless you are willing to provide some undertakings.”
The CFMEU will update its members as soon as possible with Adani Australia’s response.