Sued for site visit over suicide prevention and EBA vote – trial against CFMEU commences in Adelaide Federal Court today
The Abbott Government – through its partisan building industry watchdog, the FWBC - is pursuing the CFMEU at a four day trial starting in Adelaide today, for going onto a work site to conduct an EBA ballot and assist a worker at risk of suicide.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary, Dave Noonan said the Government was conducting a taxpayer-funded assault on union and worker's rights, which he has dubbed "lawfare".
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.