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Coal mine employees blocked despite extensive ‘experience’

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Fossil fuel professionals were barred from a foreign-owned work site.

Jobseekers have experienced extreme difficulty in applying for jobs at Lanco Infratech’s Griffin Coal Mine.

The Mining and Energy Union (MEU) recently investigated multiple reports that site managers were preventing former long-term crew members from returning through labour hire companies.

The complainants accused the proponent of permanently blacklisting them for “spurious” reasons.

“It makes no sense that skilled, experienced locals cannot get a job at Griffin when there are vacancies being advertised,” MEU WA secretary Greg Busson said in a public statement.

“Griffin management is not being fair dinkum in their commitment to local employment. They are using the cover of labour hire companies to deny accountability over hiring practices.”

Busson described management’s refusal to welcome back old colleagues as a “red flag”.

“Taxpayers are providing significant support to keep Griffin afloat, in part because the coal power industry is such an important employer in our region,” he said.

“I urge Griffin management to consider if they are really doing everything possible to support local jobs and make use of local skills and experience.”