Collieries Staff and Officials Association (CSOA) members have been locked out for two weeks by management in retaliation for standing up for their rights.
60 supervisors or deputies (as they are more commonly known) took protected industrial action against a proposed roster change by management that required they work an additional four hours without pay.
In the leadup to the anniversary of the July 24 Appin mine disaster that killed fourteen people, Kylie Rooke of CSOA said the decision to lock out the deputies placed more than 1000 workers in danger.
“The very workers responsible for monitoring gas and ensuring safety at Appin have been locked out by South32…this is a much more complex mine than most, with complex geological conditions and unique ventilation systems to protect workers,” Ms Rooke said.
CSOA described South32 move to lock out these deputies as short-sighted and protested the irresponsible move to very inexperienced people into such important roles.
“We just don’t see how they can pull off, in some cases, very inexperienced people off the street, rush through training and not expect safety to be compromised,” Ms Rooke said.
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