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. 20 years later we look back at our great win.
On 16 July 1986 an explosion deep underground took the lives of 12 coal miners. It was a day of tragedy for the families, workmates and friends of the victims, and a harrowing experience for the rescue teams sent in to recover their comrades.
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. National Legal Director Alex Bukarica explains.
Hitachi workers in the Hunter Valley fought a tough and disciplined campaign to win proper recognition of their work in the coal mining industry. They are a testament to the benefits of staying strong, united and acting collectively. Union proud!
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 arrangements are effectively permanent.
The CFMEU will run a television advertisement highlighting the plight of almost 200 miners from the Oaky North mine in Central Queensland, who have been locked out by multinational mining giant and corporate tax cheat Glencore for over 150 days this year.
Well over 1000 members attended a mass meeting at Singleton Showground to make a stand against mining giant and union buster Glencore. For decades the likes of Glencore have been pushing to weaken the union.