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Bowen Basin coal workers receive a pay rise

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Mine employees can expect to receive a wage increase in Central Queensland’s Isaac region.

Thiess Australia recently confirmed workers will receive a pay rise at BHP’s Peak Downs Coal Mine in Winchester (210km southwest of Mackay) and Caval Ridge Coal Mine in Moranbah (188km southwest of Mackay).

“[We have] new enterprise agreement rates $$ – apply now to enquire,” the mining services company said on the Seek website.

The remarks came after Thiess announced permanent, full-time production operator vacancies at both mine sites.

The following positions have been advertised:

  • water cart operators (multiple positions)
  • excavator operators (multiple)
  • grader operators (multiple)
  • dozer operators (multiple)
  • truck operators (multiple).

Click here to apply.

Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 sign-on bonus, an extra $5000 bonus if they refer a friend and he or she also secures work for the same business. Referred friends must pass the six-month probation period before the referrer receives the $5000 bonus.

These roles offer an even time 7/7 roster, on a 12.5-hour day shift/night shift rotation. Living out of camp allowance ($130 per week), discounted Medibank private health insurance, salary sacrificed flights and other employee benefits are available. Buses to the camp accommodation are provided from Mackay and Townsville.

There is also potential to up skill and learn how to use autonomous drills and dozers. Other terms and conditions apply.

The Mining and Energy Union previously accused different employers of using “aggressive” wage cutting-strategies to deprive workers and their local communities of an estimated $989 million.

Federal electorates Capricornia and Dawson in Queensland lost up to $395.9M, Flynn in Queensland was down $357.6M while both Hunter and Peterson in NSW copped a $235.85M blow to the hip pocket according to the latest McKell Institute report.

“Outsourcing jobs to labour hire companies is a way for mining companies to get around enterprise agreements that have been negotiated by workers over decades,” union president Tony Maher said in a public statement.

“By using this wage-cutting strategy, some of our wealthiest corporations have been able to strip up to 40 per cent from the wages of Australian coal miners and remove conditions like redundancy entitlements … [and] mining companies have washed their hands of this responsibility and communities are being ripped off.”

Click here to read the full wage report.

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