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Redundancy pay could be capped for coal miners

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Redundancy pay could be capped at nine years for coal miners if a Fair Work Commission move is successful.

Every four years the Black Coal Mining Industry Award, which outlines the minimum terms and conditions of employment, is reviewed by the Commission and stakeholders are able to submit proposed changes.

According to the Daily Mercury, the Coal Mining Industry Employers Group put a request forward in July last year to cap redundancy benefits at nine years.

The group represents some of the biggest mining companies in the country, including Anglo American, BHP, Peabody, Glencore and Vale.

The award is currently not capped, with most miners accumulating about three weeks of redundancy pay per year.

The group allegedly attended the Moranbah Markets on the weekend to advise the community of the proposal.

Submissions have been open since May 9, 2014 and Commission hearings will begin on November 7.

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