The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has
demanded an explanation for Rio Tinto’s decision to fire permanent workers from
one of its central Queensland hard coking coal mines.
CFMEU Mackay district president Steve Smyth said 10
employees were sacked on Wednesday at the Hail Creek mine, and that another
56 permanent workers will follow.
Smyth said Rio Tinto’s actions have breached a commitment
made at the company’s annual general meeting last week about the use of casual
“Our concerns are with the behaviour shown by the company
this week and their disregard for their permanent employees, this could be the
start of more to go,” he said.
Rio Tinto has rejected the union’s claims and says both
contract and permanently employees will be affected, but will not give specific
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