Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s decision to use contractors for all external hires from now on will have impacts felt well beyond the pit.
Rio Tinto has announced it will now only hire contract labour for its iron ore operations.
A new Manufacturing Centre of Excellence has been opened in Burnie, in response to Caterpillar Underground Mining’s decision to move manufacturing to Thailand.
Fears that the Chinese Australian Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lead to a flood of Chinese workers in Australia are unfounded. The amount that China invests overseas is not linked to the flow of Chinese labour and in fact Australia could stand benefit from the investment the agreement will promote.
Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins examines the impact of automation, and the changing nature of the workforce as technology evolves.
Despite increased positivity in the resources sector, NAB research has forecast the current downturn to continue, with more than 50,000 jobs to be lost.
A decision supported by the Fair Work Commission to slash Griffin Coal’s Collie miners pay by 43 per cent has been slammed by unions.
A new study from Flinders University has put the cost of Arrium Whyalla factory closing at 40 per cent of all jobs in the city being lost.
The Isaac Plains coal mine reopened yesterday, highlighting the promising long term prospects for the state’s resources sector.
OZ Minerals is ramping up work on its massive Carrapateena copper deposit, with decline construction slated for the coming months.
Dartbrook coal mine looks set to reopen as an underground operation, a move new owner Australian Pacific Coal (APC). The coal miner, formerly led by bankrupt Nathan Tinkler, stated it was close to completing the acquisition of the joint venture from Anglo American, a plan which may involve the purchase of a 16.67 per cent … Continue reading Dartbrook coal mine to go underground
Queensland Nickel refinery workers left without entitlements will paid by the Federal Government under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG), putting “National Treasure” Clive Palmer squarely in its sights. Taxpayers will be expected to foot the $73.9 million bill for workers’ entitlements, although Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the government was “prepared to step in to … Continue reading Government to pay out former Queensland Nickel workers
The OECD report Back to Work Australia makes some grim predictions for workers who lose their jobs. That is the potential threat facing some 7,000 Arrium employees, those at Queensland Nickel and Caterpillar in Tasmania, and next year, workers in Ford’s plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows, Victoria. The report was released just before the announcement … Continue reading A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?
The Queensland Government has approved mining leases for the Carmichael coal mine, marking one of the largest approvals of its kind in the state’s history. Three individual leases have been approved for the $21.7 billion project, which includes the go-ahead for the rail construction project in the Galilee Basin. A spokesperson for Adani Australia welcomed … Continue reading Carmichael coal approved, construction to start in 2017
As automation and autonomous machinery becomes more prevalent on the mine, it is changing the face of the industry, but how will it affect workers?
OZ Minerals has accelerated its plans to develop a new mine, the Carrapateena copper gold project, creating hundreds of new jobs.
Geoscientific employment in Australia continues to plumb new depths, with record underemployment since the start of the Australian geoscientist employment survey in 2009.
The Federal government has granted environmental approval for the Galilee Basin Carmichael coal mine, but developer Adani still needs to find $16 billion in funding for the project, as well as secure a mining licence in Queensland.
A research paper by UBS has predicted that a combination of automation and connectivity will see the competitive advantage of low labour cost countries shrink, but also lead to rising inequality.
Wongawilli Colliery will restart mining after it was given approvals for a time extension modification, creating 110 jobs.