Our Union has condemned BHP’s decision to cut around 300 jobs at its Mount Arthur coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley at a time when the company is making substantial profits at the operation.
Peter Jordan, President of our Northern Mining and NSW Energy District described the decision as “another body blow to the workforce and the mining community of the Hunter. It is not like this mine is a loss making operation. In BHP’s annual report to its AGM, it pointed out that the Mount Arthur mine is recorded as NSW Energy Coal bringing in some US$174 million in earnings.
It is just over two years since former Federal Independent MP Tony Windsor headed a joint Parliamentary Inquiry into fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) practices that lifted the lid on a wide range of problems affecting workers and communities. That Inquiry produced the world’s most comprehensive report on FIFO and DIDO and was entitled Cancer of the Bush or salvation for our cities?
The Abbott Government has revealed a blanket exemption from labour market testing for all Korean nationals in the standard 457 visa program, with the enactment of the Korean Australian Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) today.
The revelation comes a day after unemployment levels hit a 14 year high.