Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Union Fights for Local Workers to Get Collinsville Mine Jobs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Union Fights for Local Workers to Get Collinsville Mine Jobs

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

IT HAS been a turbulent time for Collinsville mine workers and it looks like the storm is far from over.

Glencore is planning to fire up its newly bought Collinsville mine later this month, but unions are claiming a big percentage of their workforce will be fly-in, fly-out or drive-in, drive-out employees.

However, a Glencore spokesman has slammed these claims.

"Contrary to some claims being made in the media, we are honouring our stated aim of utilising skills available locally," the spokesman said.

"A high percentage of this initial start-up group is either from the local communities or the Collinsville mine's previous Thiess workforce."

CFMEU senior vice president Mitch Hughes has rebutted this, saying their information suggested the company was sourcing their labourers through recruitment agency WorkPac Group.

"From our knowledge, there are only about three or four local guys who have been re-hired," Mr Hughes said. …

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