Redundancy pay cap on the cards for coal mine workers

A nine-year cap could be put on redundancy pay for coal miners if approved by the Fair Work Commission.

Every four years the Commission reviews the Black Coal Mining Industry Award, which outlines the minimum terms and conditions of employment, with stakeholders able to table submissions with proposed changes.

The Coal Mining Industry Employers Group, which represents companies such as BHP, Glencore, and Anglo American, sent out a request on July 8 2015 to cap redundancy payments at nine years, according to the Daily Mercury.

It would apply to both retrenchment and severance pay and claims it will still see the award retain its status as one of the most generous schemes in any modern award.

Currently, the award does not have a cap, with most miners accruing three weeks of service in redundancy pay each year.

Part of the submission tabled by Collieries Staff and Officials Association director Catherine Bolger on Friday, sought to combat the push for the nine year cap.

Bolger said cutting the funds will provide uncertainty for employees who had worked for more than nine years.

On Saturday, the group advised the local community of the changes at the Moranbah Markets in QLD.

A range of stakeholders have been tabling submissions since May 2014, with Commission hearings set to commence on November 7.

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