Premier Campbell Newman's comments opposing 100% Fly In Fly Out in coal mines today are welcome – but must be backed up by immediate action to reverse existing compulsory FIFO arrangements, the Miners' Union said today.
BHP's Caval Ridge and Daunia mines in Central Queensland currently insist their workers must live in Cairns or Brisbane, denying opportunities to local workers looking for jobs in the region.
The Latrobe Valley is being hit with about 100 job cuts with the closure of the Morwell Briquette Factory and the power station that fuels it.
Factory operator Mecrus told workers on Friday it would cease operation at close of business on 31 August 2014. Today, the power station’s parent company HRL announced the Morwell power station would also close on that date.
The closures will hit about 100 jobs across both sites, including 70 CFMEU members.
CFMEU Organiser Duncan MacGregor said the impact on these workers and their families would be severe.
The CFMEU has requested the Australian Federal Police investigate apparent leaks about witnesses and evidence from the Trade Union Royal Commission.
The Union's lawyers have written to the AFP asking them to investigate how media outlets and friendly witnesses came to obtain information about the nature of evidence before it was heard.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was alarmed at growing indications of leaking from within the Commission.