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.
Today marks the tragic anniversary of the underground explosion at Appin Mine on the NSW South Coast, which took the lives of 14 mineworkers, 35 years ago.
The explosion, which occurred at 11pm, was described as “a holocaust of exploding methane gas and coal dust”.
Ten of the men were killed as they were having their mid shift meal in the underground crib room.