Quit mine job and get a house, BMA says

Norwich Park coal miners may be given a house if they choose a redundancy package.

Documents given to miners from BMA have a Q&A section which explains what will happen to workers who don’t want or are not eligible for jobs at its other mine, the Central Queensland News reports.

This comes after BMA announced it was closing the mine earlier this month, as industrial action cripples its other coal mines.

It stated that those who had acquired a house from the miner ‘under caveat’ and either took redundancy or instead went to work at far away mine would have all caveats removed.

"The property will then be owned by you free of encumbrances," BMA says.

For those choosing the redundancy package, they would receive 13 weeks of pay as well as an additional $3762 for every year of work, according to The Morning Bulletin.

Miners who wish to remain with BMA will then be given a preferred mine list.

However if they apply for new roles at the other mines and don’t fit the position will have redundancy forced on them, CQ News claims.

The CFMEU warned workers to be cautious.

"Whatever the worker decides, they need to be confident of their future arrangements," a spokesman said.

"If you take the voluntary redundancy, then the company is not obligated to give you anything.

"They pay you out and you’re on your own."

The workers had until last night to reply.

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