• CQ labour hire worker 'unfairly dismissed' from mine
CQ labour hire worker 'unfairly dismissed' from mine
20 Sep, 2018, 3 Comment

Summary: A WORKER at a BHP mine in Central Queensland has won the right to go back to work, after the Fair Work Commission yesterday ordered her reinstatement.....

The FWC ordered mineworker Kim Star be reinstated to BHP's Goonyella Riverside mine in Central Queensland, after earlier finding she was unfairly dismissed by her labour hire employer WorkPac.

Ms Star had worked regular shifts on the same crew at Goonyella Riverside for four years as a casual before being informed by WorkPac her role was being "demobilised".

The court was told that BHP directed WorkPac to discontinue Ms Star's employment at the open cut mine but gave no reason.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland vice president Mitch Hughes said the "widespread exploitation" of casuals in the coal mining industry was unfortunately common in Queensland

"In many of our Queensland coal mines fewer than half the workforce is permanently employed, with the majority on casual arrangements through labour hire companies," he said.

"These 'casual' jobs usually aren't casual at all, with regular shifts and long-term rosters working side by side with permanent employees. However, they have no job security or entitlements.

"This decision puts mining companies on notice that they can no longer treat casual workers as disposable."

"Labour hire workers have rights and we will fight for them."

Dawson MP George Christensen has previously said that mining companies need to start shifting away from labour hire as unemployment rates plummet, or risk being unable to attract workers.

If elected to Federal parliament, the Labor Party has committed to introducing labour hire licensing in Australia.

News dailymercury.com.au 19/9/2018

  • MyPassion

    03 Oct, 2018

    Labour Hire Agencies are scammers - I was sent to a Mining job in Admin. I was told $30 an hour - 12 hour days. The contract was only for 2 weeks. I questioned penalties and was told I did get them. I asked for it to be forwarded in an email..Whislt in the employ doing accounts - I noticed an invoice from the Labour hire for my time...The invoice was for approx. $5,000. I received close to that for a two week period. 3 months later I get a letter saying I was overpaid and they wanted it. What became obvious was that they were taking my penalty rates from me. I received 3 letters regarding this and threats to go to Court to reclaim it. I ignored everyone of them because I knew I had it in writing and had information regarding the original invoice. They offer you a minimal amount from the employer, they keep the rest. Every labour hire company Ihave dealt with I amware that they constantly tell you BS and the employer to make themselves appear justified and to be kept in good measure with the companies. THey constantly tell you where they want to put you, even whilst multi skilled.. Labour Hire companies are a way to hide what really goes on behind the scenes with employers requesting discriminatory aspects. Good luck with the Labour Hire compahies apparently this is the way the country is heading towards Robotic Engineering that pulls names out of a database. If your resume does not have the key, favoured words by HR it spits you out : Some of these systems are Bright People Technologies (ERMS) that have over 3500 companies on their database, Page Up, Smart Review and many many others...You sign a paper re: Privacy etc. If you don't sign it (that includes Labour Hire) you don't have access to their jobs. Next time people read the fine print re: Privacy. All of this information is saved away in a data base, with Bright People Technologies who've been running for about 20 years. Each application goes into them and they check to make sure you have dotted all the I's and crossed all the T;s. Any small error takes you out of selection. There are also characteristics in their that place in a "Blacklist" category.. That is why there are SO MANY "UNSKILLED workers in Australia

  • MyPassion

    20 Sep, 2018

    Labour hire licensing is a must, regardless of who's in Government. Too many employers treat staff appallingly and then have the audacity to say they care for their staff's Mental Health. Peter (not his real name) resigned a position and also gave up a job offer in WA and instead accepted a post with consultants in SA. The rewards appeared better, until after the drive across and commencing, he was told the PO was on a monthly basis. So within a month or so the PO wasn't renewed and he's given notice - immediate notice. One doesn't need a lawyer to interpret actions like theses as "Unfair Dismissal." Fair Work Australia failed to offer a solution as it seems to favour the employer.

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    Rogelio Hizon
    20 Sep, 2018

    That will be a good step to end this contractualization.Cause this labour hire will always dictate what they want and take it or leave it and the hourly rate are just below the standard that if you are in a hurry to find a job theres no way you could turn to find a good one.That would be great if the laws will be change.

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