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.
1000 jobs in Latrobe Valley on the line: PM Turnbull must reverse disastrous decision to abandon recycled paper policy.
The CFMEU has revealed a shock decision made in the final few weeks of the Abbott Government that has put the future of the Maryvale paper mill - a major Latrobe Valley employer - at risk.
Under a policy that had been in place for five years, all Federal government departments were to be required to procure 100% recycled paper this year.
But the policy was dramatically scrapped in one of the last acts of the Abbott Government - just before the requirement to purchase recycled paper was meant to come into effect.
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.