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PostSubject: Evil unions exploiting mine workers   Evil unions exploiting mine workers EmptyTue 22 Jan 2019, 2:29 pm

It is no surprise the vile vicious unions' members have left in droves as workers are sick of the useless unions ruthlessly exploiting them for the unions' ends.

Today the unions are just redundant superfluous parasites exploiting the workers.




Australia: Casual coal miners begin week long strike in Wollongong
By Oscar Grenfell 14 January 2019

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Around one hundred coal miners at the Wongawilli mine near Wollongong, an industrial city south of Sydney, began seven-day strike action this morning. The workers are employed as casuals by CAS Mining, on behalf of Wollongong Coal. They are demanding a new enterprise agreement (EA) that guarantees job permanency and improved wages.

The industrial action expresses growing anger among workers over wage levels, and opposition to a stepped-up offensive against conditions, amid a soaring cost of living.

In a sign of nervousness within the ruling elite that the strike could become a focal point for broader discontent, the Murdoch-owned Australian newspaper prominently reported it on Friday. Kelly O’Dwyer, the federal Liberal-National Coalition government’s industrial relations minister, called for talks to prevent the stoppage.

The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), however, called the action as part of a cynical attempt to present the unions, which have collaborated in the destruction of full-time jobs for decades, as opponents of growing casualisation. The unions are also seeking to exploit the strike for their campaign to channel workers behind the election of yet another big business federal Labor government.

The fraudulent character of the union posturing is underscored by its record at Wongawilli. The CFMMEU has enforced all of management’s dictates and prevented any unified struggle by mine workers against a series of attacks on conditions.

In 2015, Wollongong Coal shuttered the Wongawilli site, laying off around 80 permanent workers. The company invoked substantial financial losses to justify the move, amid the downturn in global commodity prices after the 2008 global financial crisis. The shutdown followed a series of sackings at the site and Wollongong Coal’s nearby Russell Vale mine.

Wollongong Coal is a subsidiary of Jindal Group, a diversified resources and manufacturing conglomerate headquartered in India. It has an annual turnover of around $18 billion.

The union did nothing to prevent the shut-down. It ensured continued production at Wollongong Steel’s other mines in the region. It only issued plaintive appeals that if the mine were reopened, it be staffed by the workers who had been laid-off.

In 2016 the company reopened the Wongawilli mine to take advantage of the doubling of commodity prices amid a global rebound in the sector. In order to slash costs, it hired a contract workforce, with fewer rights and entitlements than the previous workforce, and no job permanency.

Last year, Wollongong Coal outsourced its staffing arrangements at Wongawilli to CAS Mining, a labour hire company. Workers at the site have been employed as casuals, with no sick or leave entitlements, or other benefits of full-time employment. They have been paid hundreds of dollars less per week than workers at other mines in the area.

According to CAS Mining, the workers are paid $34 an hour, compared to a rate of $42 for permanent employees at nearby mines. Workers have claimed that if they take “too many” sick days, for which they are not paid, they no longer receive shifts. The site is an underground mine, involving physically demanding labour.

The arrangement, which the unions have done nothing to prevent, is potentially illegal. Under Fair Work industrial legislation, companies can only use casual labour if provisions are contained in an enterprise agreement. CAS Mining’s casuals, however, are not employed under an agreement.

Since late last year, CAS Mining has been seeking to force the workers onto a new EA, which would classify them as contractors. The workers would not receive a wage rise and would lose casual pay loading. They would only be guaranteed 12 months’ employment.

The CFMMEU has responded by calling for a meagre 10% pay increase. CAS Mining, however, has declared that it has not been provided with sufficient funds by Wollongong Coal to mandate any pay rise.

The regressive enterprise agreement at Wongawilli is part of Wollongong Coal’s attempts to slash costs and boost market share, amid on-going losses. The company reported losses of $73 million for the 2018 financial year and $57 million in the half-year to September 2018. It has pledged to its shareholders that it will expand production at its Russell Vale mine in 2019, where the company has previously slashed dozens of jobs over the past three years.

The offensive is bound up with escalating competition in the resources sector. Across the country, unions have imposed real pay cuts and attacks on conditions while doing everything they can to suppress growing opposition among miners.


Read the rest of the treacherous unions vicious exploitation of the workers here

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/14/woll-j14.html
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PostSubject: Re: Evil unions exploiting mine workers   Evil unions exploiting mine workers EmptyWed 23 Jan 2019, 6:25 pm

The Lefties seem to think the Tariff Walls are still up and that they are still protecting Australian industry from overseas competition.

News for the Lefties, Senator Button undid the Tariff Walls years ago and the unions have been becoming increasingly redundant ever since.

In the Tariff Wall days Australians could not cheaply buy from overseas and so they bought the much dearer Australian goods which were made more expensive by the ruthless unions forcing wages up way above the productivity value of the workers to the company.

In the Tariff Wall days the unions had a field day being able to bring the whole country to a stop.

But how things have changed now as people can readily buy goods from overseas competitors and so the useless unions posturing trying to vandalize an industry falls flat as all the unions do is force the industry to close and leave Australia and throw all the workers out on the street - think Ford, Holden, Toyota who left to get away from the union vandals which refused to let them operate at a competitive level.

Nowadays very few workers bother to waste their money on the old white union men who just want to exploit them and so the unions now have < 10% membership.

Faced with financial ruin the unions have muscled their way into Industrial Super and are pilfering money from there to keep afloat.

The unions hate small business because it does not employ union members and represents a breakaway from Socialism.

In the case of the mine it cannot continue to operate at a loss and if the unions persist with their sabotage then the mine will close and chuck all the workers out on the street. Brilliant result for the unions.
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