Published: 16 Dec 2019
BHP has announced it will introduce autonomous trucks at its Goonyella Riverside coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
This is the first major deployment of automated trucks in the Queensland coal industry and other mines and operators are likely to follow suit.
From the days of picks and pit ponies, our industry has a long history of embracing new technologies.
But how do we make sure that this latest push to automation delivers better outcomes for workers and communities - not just fatter profits for shareholders and executives?
Our Union is committed to holding mining companies and political representatives to account, with a plan to support and protect jobs and communities in the face of automation.