Coal workers lodge complaint over unpaid super

After striking last week over the late payment of wages, workers at Gujarat NRE’s Russell Vale mine have lodged complaints with the Australian Taxation Office over unpaid superannuation.

Last week day shift workers at the mine withdrew their labour over the late payment of wages, with claims the company had continually failed to pay its workers on time.

Now reports have emerged that the coal mining company has also failed to make any superannuation payments to its employees since March, The Illawarra Mercury reported.

An AusCOAL Super spokesperson was not able to provide the amount of outstanding super owed to workers, but said a payment plan had been put in place with NRE.

However union officials said several workers had made independent formal complaint with the ATO over the matter.

CFMEU mining and energy division district vice-president Bob Timbs said his members had ‘battled through the last 18 months”.

Timbs also revealed that weekend work at the mine had been reduced.

"The union and its members have worked tirelessly with the company to help it trade out of its current financial position,” Timbs said.

In August, the company posted a $76.6 million loss in the 12 months to March while also revealing it had $487.88 million worth of debts to pay.

A source close to the company told Australian Mining workers at the mine were drawing a line in the sand over the late payment of wages.

“People have mortgages to pay and kids to feed, it’s just not on,” he said.

“It’s not the first time it’s happened and the boys have had enough.”

A statement released by the company last week said it was working with the CFMEU to "resolve a number of issues and concerns expressed by the day shift workers at the at NRE No.1 Colliery”.

The company added that it was experiencing “tough operating conditions brought about by a drop in the international coal price and a still buoyant Australian Dollar”.

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