Published: 17 Nov 2016

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division called on Ian Macfarlane, the incoming Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), to mark his first day on the job by committing to adequately support Black Lung disease victims in Queensland.

CFMEU M&E QLD District President, Stephen Smyth said last week’s call by the QRC for a review of the compensation scheme was a significant change in the Council’s position that acknowledged victims are not being properly supported, but that there is a long way to go.

Published: 14 Nov 2016


The closure of Hazelwood power station and mine, an employer of nearly 1,000 people, marks a critical point for the Latrobe Valley.

The Andrews Labor Government is to be commended for acting quickly in response: establishing the Latrobe Valley Authority and committing funding of more than a quarter of a billion dollars to support workers and their families and attract new jobs, including setting up a special economic zone.

Published: 3 Nov 2016

Following the announcement of almost 1,000 job losses with the closure of Hazelwood, the CFMEU Mining and Energy division called on the Federal Government to immediately devise and fully fund a national plan for industry transition in the energy sector.

The union’s National President, Tony Maher said the plan must include funding and support for training, redeployment and early retirement for those close to retirement age.

Published: 24 Oct 2016

German Creek workers will today be joined by Scabby the Rat, who’s descended on Middlemount to take advantage of Anglo American’s mistreatment of workers and apply for a job at the German Creek mine.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth, said that the fight against Anglo American’s vicious and sustained attacks on workers had lured the opportunist Scabby to town.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

The collapse of Bob Day’s company, Home Australia, shines a light on what is a serious and common problem in the construction industry, according to the CFMEU.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that companies going into liquidation is an ever increasing feature of the construction industry with devastating consequences for small businesses, workers, families and the community.

“One in five insolvencies in Australia are in the construction industry. 

Published: 17 Oct 2016

The Fair Work Building Commission has come under criticism by the CFMEU for its continued partisan behaviour following the tabling of its annual report in Parliament last week.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the report – designed to inform the parliament about the FWBC’s performance and activities- was notable for what it did not contain.

“It is nothing but a piece of propaganda written specifically to serve the political purposes of the Turnbull Government.

Published: 17 Oct 2016

The CFMEU has reiterated calls for the corporate regulator to toughen its approach to companies who wilfully rip off workers and small businesses in the construction industry, in the wake of the Tagara collapse.

South Australian CFMEU Secretary Aaron Cartledge said urgent action was needed from ASIC in investigating Tagara the collapse of which left 700 small business out of pocket to the tune of $27 million.

“ASIC needs to understand that $27 million loss in a town like Adelaide is hugely significant.

Published: 14 Oct 2016

I’ve worked in coal mining for 31 years, I worked at the Goonyella Riverside open cut mine in Moranbah all those years. I’ve been working pumping earthworks (mine services) for the last ten years.

I was diagnosed with Black Lung disease in late September following a routine chest x-ray. It shocked me - and I’ve been in shock ever since.

I thought I was safe from developing Black Lung disease because I never worked underground; I’ve worked exclusively in open cut mines.

Published: 4 Oct 2016

The passing of 97-year old Charles (Digger) Murphy on 23 September represents the end of an era for Queensland and Australian coal mineworkers.

Digger, as he was known to his family and friends, was a former President of the Queensland District of the Miners Federation and the pioneer for women’s participation in the coal industry’s production workforce.

Published: 3 Oct 2016

Up to 80 Queensland miners will be made redundant by Anglo American in a hostile ambush that follows over two months of protected industrial action by the German Creek mine workers.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division QLD District Vice-President Glenn Power, said this is yet another blow for workers who have tried to bargain in good faith with the company for the last three years since the expiration of their former agreement.


Authorised by Michael O'Connor, National Secretary, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne Vic 3000