The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has refused to rule out contracting out its entire permanent workforce at its Bowen Basin mines, including Peak Downs, Saraji and Goonyella Riverside, the miners union said today.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Steve Smyth said the company’s recent move to casualise the workforce at its Blackwater mine could be just the beginning of BHP’s plans to contract out the rest of its permanent workforce in Central Queensland.
The CFMEU has welcomed the decision of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions decision to offer no evidence against ACT organiser Johnny Lomax when his case comes up in court on October 19.
CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan said that the decision meant that Mr Lomax – who was charged with blackmail for negotiating an EBA that meant an employer was required to pay higher wages – was entirely vindicated.
“We argued from the outset that Mr Lomax was doing nothing other than advocating higher wages for the Union’s members – which is in fact his job,” he said.
The announcement by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton regarding the availability of 1500 Work and Holiday visas (Subclass 462) has made a mockery of Malcolm Turnbull's promise of a "new and consultative" Government, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union said today.
Peter Dutton has announced that some 1500 visas were offered to Chinese Nationals between the ages of 18-30 under a program negotiated under the China Australia Free Trade (ChAFTA) deal.