Arrests at mine strike

Two people have been arrested at a protest at the Collinsville coal mine in Queensland.

Two people have been arrested at a protest at the Collinsville coal mine in Queensland.

Miners have been protesting since they walked off the job last Tuesday over pay awards with contractor Thiess.

Around a hundred protestors stopped a train hauling coal from the site yesterday, with joint mine owners of the Xstrata Coal and Itochu attempting to again transfer coal to the nearby Abbot Point Coal Terminal later today.

Thiess may attempt to bring in non union labour to continue operations at the mine, which has raised concerns from the local Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union representative Steve Pierce.

“Some of the work practices that Thiess want to bring in that would allow them to put non-wages personal operating equipment, that would then potentially put at risk the security of employment for the wages people that normally carry out those roles,” Pierce said.

Industrial action continues, with Pierce stating that the miners will stay off work as long as it takes to put an end to the pay disputes.

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