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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.



Published: 6 Sep 2016

The 15th miner to be officially confirmed with Black Lung disease has emerged, despite originally being cleared on two separate occasions by nominated medical assessors and radiologists.

The miner, who does not want to be named publicly, has worked in underground longwall mines for 36 years - most recently in the Carborough Downs mine in Central Queensland, where four other cases of Black Lung disease have been identified.



Published: 5 Aug 2016

The CFMEU is calling for an urgent halt to the Government’s free trade talks with India due to the risk of even more deadly asbestos flooding into Australia. 

The union has written to Trade Minister Steven Ciobo calling for an immediate and urgent suspension of negotiations. 

The call follows the spike of imported building products from China including asbestos contaminated roof panels discovered during the construction of a children’s hospital in Perth. 



Published: 27 Jul 2016

“The CFMEU can confirm that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this morning executed a search warrant seeking documents in relation to the Competition and Consumer Act.

"This appears to follow from a case study conducted by the Heydon Royal Commission. It should be noted that the Royal Commission was unable to conclude that the CFMEU had breached the Competition and Consumer Act.



Published: 22 Jul 2016

A decision handed down in the Federal Court today found that the Royal Commission taskforce conducted themselves “unreasonably” in the raids carried out at the Queensland Branch of the CFMEU.

The Federal Police failed to fulfil their legal obligation to allow the CFMEU to make claims of legal professional privilege over any of the digital information seized in the raid. The court rightly identified this inexplicable departure from process as unreasonable conduct by the AFP.



Published: 21 Jul 2016

Two more cases brought against the CFMEU by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police have failed in court in Brisbane this week. 

On Monday, CFMEU official Chad Bragdon was found Not Guilty of intimidating or obstructing a Commonwealth official and on Wednesday CFMEU official Mark O’Brien was found to have no case to answer in relation to obstructing a Commonwealth Official.



Published: 13 Jul 2016

The CFMEU is escalating their campaign for more action against illegal importation of asbestos after the discovery of the cancer causing substance on a major Brisbane project on the weekend.

The union is calling on all state governments to obtain information from Yuanda about products that the company has supplied on state government projects including two children’s hospitals in Perth and Adelaide.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor is also writing to Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton demanding action from the government.



Published: 23 Jun 2016

Employment figures released today show that Australia has hemorrhaged 93 jobs a day in the manufacturing and mining industries on Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s watch.

The ABS Labour Force Detailed Quarterly statistics show there are 44,000 fewer manufacturing jobs and 49,000 fewer mining jobs compared with when the Coalition took power in 2013.

“Australia now has the lowest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the OECD,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.



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