Mother of dead miner joins CFMEU campaign

The mother of an Australian miner killed in New Zealand's Pike River disaster has joined a union campaign against BHP Billiton over safety concerns.

The mother of an Australian miner killed in New Zealand’s Pike River disaster has joined a union campaign against BHP Billiton over safety concerns.

In a moving video released by the CFMEU recently Joanne Ufer spoke of the heartache of losing a loved one to mining.

Ufer’s son Josh died in the Pike River disaster aged 25, soon after finding out he was going to be a father.

His daughter was born six months after he died.

"It’s been absolutely devastating for our family and friends," Ufer said in the video.

"I have been deeply shocked by the evidence of negligence by management at the mine and I never want any other family to have to go through what we have."

"Mine safety is a matter of life and death. It is too important to be handed over just to management."

Ufer’s short speech is followed by the words "fair go BHP, don’t undermine our safety" on screen.

The advertisement is the latest shot fired by the union in its ongoing dispute with BMA over conditions for Queensland coal workers.

An inquiry into the Pike River disaster is still ongoing.

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