Mine employees have secured a significant wage increase and could be retrospectively compensated for acting in senior roles.
Carmichael Coal workers recently received a maximum 13 per cent pay rise over three years, with almost half of that to be paid within the first 12 months.
“In what is the first collective agreement at the site, workers secured [a] 13 per cent pay increase over three years including 6 per cent in the first year, [an] $18,000 retention bonus over three years, guaranteed free flights and accommodation locked into the enterprise agreement,” the Mining and Energy Union said in its latest Common Cause publication.
“[They will have] 78 weeks’ accident pay, pandemic leave [and] outlined salaries including double time for non-rostered overtime and triple time for Christmas and Boxing Day.”
Crew members will also enjoy payouts for personal leave, disputes and representation, training and development plus natural disasters. There is even potential compensation for those who backfilled more senior roles.
“Winning the agreement also was not the end of it, we have now been able to run disputes on things like backpay for higher duties, WorkCover and assisting members who have not been remunerated properly,” Queensland district vice president Shane Brunker said in the publication.
“Even before we won the agreement Carmichael [owner Bravus Mining and Resources] delivered three pay rises to try to placate workers because they were feeling the pressure.”