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Union members meet in Valledupar, Colombia, during last year's strike against Drummond Co. Courtesy of Sintramienergetica
Created Fri 1/08/2014, Last Updated Fri 1/08/2014

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams ProPublica

Alabama-based Drummond Co. sued for alleged ties to group behind deaths, threats

BOGOTA, Colombia — Cesar Florez is often hesitant to answer his phone because there might be another death threat at the end of the line. Sometimes the threat comes in a phone call, other times in a text message or an email. In April, flyers were posted in the restroom stalls at Florez's workplace, declaring him and his colleagues "permanent military targets."

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Created Thu 31/07/2014, Last Updated Thu 31/07/2014

100% FIFO: Newman must stand up for freedom of choice for all mineworkers

Premier Campbell Newman's comments opposing 100% Fly In Fly Out in coal mines today are welcome – but must be backed up by immediate action to reverse existing compulsory FIFO arrangements, the Miners' Union said today.

BHP's Caval Ridge and Daunia mines in Central Queensland currently insist their workers must live in Cairns or Brisbane, denying opportunities to local workers looking for jobs in the region.

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Morwell power station by Marcus Wong
Created Tue 29/07/2014, Last Updated Wed 30/07/2014

100 jobs cut as Latrobe Valley power station and briquette factory shut doors

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.