Springvale mine is currently awaiting approvals to continue operation. Without the approval over 300 direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs will cease to exist. The flow on affect will be devastating for the Lithgow community. Springvale supplies coal directly to Mt Piper power station. If the coal supplied from Springvale to Mt Piper stops, 15% of NSW electricity will no longer be generated.
The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has delivered yet another blow to Central Queensland coal mineworkers and their communities today by announcing their intention to replace nearly half of its permanent workforce with contractors at its Blackwater mine, the miners union said today.
According to a company notice to employees, more than 300 local jobs would be directly affected by the decision.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Steve Smyth said this behaviour by the mining giant was a disgrace and would seriously damage the community in Blackwater.
The CFMEU has welcomed the decision today of the Senate in the Federal Parliament to vote down the bill to reestablish the ABCC.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the defeat of the bill is a vote for equal rights for workers in the construction industry and a vote against discrimination.
“The union has maintained that laws pertaining to the ABCC are undemocratic and unnecessary given that there are industrial laws that cover all workers in Australia – and construction workers should not be subject to different laws.
The Royal Commission into trade unions should be shut down immediately following revelations that Commissioner Dyson Heydon accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser, according to the CFMEU.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that there could now be no doubt in anyone’s mind about the partisan nature of the Commission.
“No fair minded person can have any faith in the fairness of the proceedings of the Commission given the links between the Commissioner and the Liberal Party,” he said.