Sumary of Coal miners ‘chucked in the gutter’ as BHP delivers ultimatum ahead of sale:
- Up to 80 workers at New South Wales’ largest coal mine have been ordered by BHP to accept transfers to interstate mines or resign from their positions.
- The mine has a total workforce of more than 2,000 people, but BHP uses its wholly-owned labour-hire subsidiary Operations Services (OS) to employ 80 workers.
- Employees have been told they can relocate to mines in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, with financial assistance from BHP.
- Olympic Dam in South Australia is among the transfer options for employees.
- “A separate labour-hire firm, Chandler McLeod, is currently hiring workers for Mt Arthur but it is unclear how many positions are available.
- ‘Appalling’ treatmentThe Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has taken BHP to the Fair Work Commission over the matter, but given the employees are not covered by an enterprise agreement there is no right to arbitration.
- CFMEU district vice-president Jeff Drayton said BHP’s treatment of the workers was “appalling”.