Workers at AngloAmerican’s Capcoal mine near Middlemount are reeling today after they were told that 85 secure jobs would go despite employees achieving all the set production records at the mine, the miners’ union said today.
CFMEU Mining and Energy District President Steve Smyth said this was another attack on secure jobs for local workers.
“Local workers at Capcoal have shown nothing but goodwill towards AngloAmerican. Through hard work, intensive rostering arrangements and dedication they have met all set production targets,” said Mr Smyth.
Sued for site visit over suicide prevention and EBA vote – trial against CFMEU commences in Adelaide Federal Court today
The Abbott Government – through its partisan building industry watchdog, the FWBC - is pursuing the CFMEU at a four day trial starting in Adelaide today, for going onto a work site to conduct an EBA ballot and assist a worker at risk of suicide.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary, Dave Noonan said the Government was conducting a taxpayer-funded assault on union and worker's rights, which he has dubbed "lawfare".
Springvale mine is currently awaiting approvals to continue operation. Without the approval over 300 direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs will cease to exist. The flow on affect will be devastating for the Lithgow community. Springvale supplies coal directly to Mt Piper power station. If the coal supplied from Springvale to Mt Piper stops, 15% of NSW electricity will no longer be generated.