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Legislation and compliance

Mar 02, 2021
Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

Oaky North industrial dispute leads to charges

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against the CFMEU and five officials for incidents during an Oaky North coal mine dispute more than three years ago. It is alleged that the union and each of the officials contravened the Fair Work Act by engaging in and encouraging abusive conduct that amounted to adverse action and coercion during an industrial dispute at the mine. The C...

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Mar 02, 2021
Fine for back-pay issue at FNQ mine

Fine for back-pay issue at FNQ mine

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $23,750 in penalties in court against the former operator of the Baal Gammon copper mine in Far North Queensland. The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a $20,000 penalty against Baal Gammon Copper and an additional $3750 penalty against company director Denis Reinhardt. The penalties were imposed in response to Baal Gammon Copper and Mr Reinhardt breachin...

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Nov 26, 2020
Casual mineworker case takes another turn

Casual mineworker case takes another turn

A landmark case on entitlements for casual mineworkers is set for another round in court after a decision which employers have welcomed and unionists described as a blow. The High Court of Australia today granted special leave for WorkPac to appeal the Federal Court’s Rossato decision. WorkPac v Rossato, like the earlier WorkPac v Skene decision, resulted in findings that the working ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Aug 07, 2020
Smelter issue smouldering

Smelter issue smouldering

There’s pressure on Glencore to commit to the future of the Mount Isa Mines’ copper smelter. A four year extension is due for review this year. In the past, Glencore has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. The smelter and its stack are defining images for the city and Mayor Danielle Slade said the contributio...

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Jul 15, 2020
Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

The miners’ union has claimed a victory in its battle against BHP over its Operations Services workforce conditions. The Fair Work Commission this week upheld an appeal against approval of the enterprise agreements covering Operations Services staff over concerns they weren’t genuinely agreed by workers.  It was an interim decision allowing BHP seven days to decide whether it will m...

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Jun 16, 2020
Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

The mining industry will be able to create more jobs more quickly thanks to a federal commitment to slash delays in environmental approvals, a peak group says. “Faster approvals for mines and other major projects will support the investment and jobs Australia needs to recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable said.“A...

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