Published: 3 Mar 2020
Senior officials from CFMEU Mining & Energy will argue that mining executives should not be given an exemption from industrial manslaughter laws when they appear before a Queensland Parliamentary Committee in Moranbah tonight.
“No-one should be above the law,” said CFMEU Mining &Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth.
“The whole point of industrial manslaughter laws is the ensure that people take responsibility for their safety obligations.
“Parliamentarians must not give mining bosses a free pass on industrial manslaughter.”
CFMEU Mining & Energy officials will counter non-sensical claims by industry representatives that stronger workplace laws will somehow undermine safety in the mining sector.
“The extension of industrial manslaughter laws was about ensuring justice and protecting the lives of workers,” Mr Smyth said.
“There have been eight lives lost in the past 18 months in Queensland coalmines and quarries.
“This is a genuine safety crisis in our mining sector. Stronger laws are needed to make operators take their safety obligations seriously.”
Mr Smyth said mining laws should also ensure that all key safety positions within mines were filled by workers employed by mine operators - and not by labour hire or contractors.
“There must be a clear chain of responsibility in mine safety positions. Safety is too important to be outsourced.”
CFMEU Mining & Energy officials will appear before the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee’s hearing into the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.
7pm TONIGHT - Tuesday 3 March, 2020. (CFMEU delegation scheduled to speak at 7.45pm)
Isaac Room, Moranbah Community Workers Club ,49-55 Mills Avenue, Moranbah
• Mr Stephen Smyth, District President
• Mr Jason Hill, Industry Safety and Health Representative
• Mr Stephen Woods, Industry Safety and Health Representative
• Mr Steve Watts, Industry Safety and Health Representative
Contact: Stephen Smyth 0417 897 845