Since its origins in Canada in the 1980s, International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April has become a global occasion of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
Globally, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 2.34 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. From these fatalities, the majority or 2.02 million are from occupational and work-related diseases. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives.
BHP’s suggestion that workers’ rights to take industrial action should be more severely limited would put even more power in the hands of vastly powerful mining companies, the Miners Union said today.
It is reported today that the mining giant has recommended to the Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations inquiry that the Fair Work Act be revised to limit the use of work bans and strikes, with BHP’s coal boss Mike Henry complaining that industrial action affects mining productivity.
Community representatives meeting in Mackay today agreed there must be a halt to compulsory 100% FIFO in Queensland coal mines.
The CFMEU convened a forum today, which heard disturbing stories of families being forced to leave Mackay and surrounding areas in order to keep their jobs, while regional communities struggle with unemployment and plummeting populations.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Steve Smyth said there was broad agreement among the forum of federal, state, local government and community representatives that: