New laws will tempt mining companies to wind back EA conditions

Published: 18 Apr 2020

New provisions introduced by the Morrison Government to fast track changes to Enterprise Agreements will tempt mining companies to use the COVID-19 crisis to drive down conditions in the industry, the Miners' Union said.

"These new provisions mean workers will have just 24 hours' notice before voting on a change to their Enterprise Agreement, which could have long-term impacts on important conditions," said CFMEU National President Tony Maher.

"Mineworkers are being incredibly co-operative with employers in very difficult and stressful circumstances in order to keep the industry operating," said Tony Maher.

"We urge employers not to take advantage of this crisis by using changed workplace laws to undermine the conditions contained in Enterprise Agreements that have been negotiated in good faith by workers," said Mr Maher.

"The industry needs the goodwill of its workforce now more than ever. 

"For any mineworker who is sprung with a surprise vote on changes to an Enterprise Agreement, we encourage them to contact the Union and to vote no if they are unsure."