BHP’s slap in the face for Queensland workers: Reopened Norwich Park coal mine to hire workers from Adelaide and Melbourne
Queensland workers will be banned from a Central Queensland coal mine BHP shut three years ago as the mining giant seeks to import cheaper workers from interstate, the miners union said today.
The CFMEU has obtained an internal briefing paper prepared by a mining industry contractor outlining the terms under which the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is seeking to operate the Norwich Park mine near Dysart.
More than 20 state election candidates have committed to putting Central Queensland communities first by signing the Queensland CFMEU Mining and Energy Division’s Fair Go Pledge.
The pledge calls for candidates to support secure, permanent jobs; limits on labour hire; choice for FIFO workers; investment in apprenticeships; support for local businesses and investment in our regional communities.
The CFMEU is calling on new Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to urgently investigate the Manildra Group nationwide, after badly exploited migrant workers at its Bombaderry ethanol plant in NSW indicated that the practice was occurring across the country.
The workers at the plant in the South Coast of NSW have been working for 10 or 11 hours a day, 7 days a week and taking home between $40 and $100 per day. They have not received any form of allowances including penalty rates for overtime and weekends.