CFMEU threatens strikes across all coal mines

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has threatened to spark strikes across all Queensland coal mines if changes are made to safety guidelines.

In a statement yesterday the CFMEU said under rising pressure from the mining industry, the QLD Government was considering weakening safety regulations.

The union said it would strongly oppose such efforts, and draw on any means possible to fight the changes.

"Delegates from every coalmine, port and power station across QLD this week passed resolutions to fight reducing safety standards with 'all necessary steps' including withdrawing all labour from every coal operation across the state," it said.

At the union's QLD district convention delegates said the Newman Government was considering lessening workers compensation as well as safety guidelines.

Representatives also passed a resolution to ensure the following:

  • District union inspectors are maintained with current powers
  • Inspectors' competency and powers are defined in legislation
  • The current function and ability of mines rescue in legislation
  • The role of the state's board of examiners is defended
  • To repel any attacks on the current compensation of injured workers

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