Union members targeted for job cuts: CFMEU

The Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union has accused mining contractor Thiess of singling out union employees for layoffs at the Collinsville mine in QLD.

According to the Daily Mercury CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said the union had concerns about the way workers were being selected for staff cuts.

In December it was revealed 95 workers at the mine would lose their jobs because of falling commodity prices.

Smyth said absenteeism, skills, and discipline were the criteria for selecting staff, but the CFMEU was concerned the process was not transparent.

“If people are to be laid off then … everyone [should be] treated the same and not … left up to management just because they may have a personal dislike or due to union involvement,” he said.

Thiess officials refuted the claims however, and told the Daily Mercury regular employee and union consultations had been in place to ensure the process was genuine.

The company said a range of support was offered to all affected employees, and workers were given a number of options for handling their layoff.

The accusation is the latest to be levelled at officials at the Xstrata mine, and earlier this year the union claimed the decision to sack workers at Collinsville was motivated by greed rather than market forces.

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