AUSTRALIA’S mining and energy sector workers have been unfairly targeted by the Coalition government’s mining and resource sector changes, according to a survey by the Australian Workers Union.
Key points:Employees from the mining and petroleum industries have been affected by the new labour lawsThe survey also found some industry sectors had experienced “significant” job lossesThe Coalition says its reforms will create jobs for AustraliansThe survey, conducted by the AFLU, found some sectors in the mining industry had experienced significant job losses in the past few years and some industries were “unfair” to the workers.
Key point:Employee’s experiences included “significant job losses”Industry members in the oil and gas, coal, copper, iron ore, and gas sectors have been “unfortunately” hit the hardest by the changes, the union said.
“Many people in the energy and mining industries have experienced significant loss of jobs, in particular with the introduction of the [Labor] government’s new mining and oil and natural gas sector reforms,” the union’s chief executive Steve Kean said.
Mr Kean says the changes will create more jobs for Australian workers.
“We have seen a significant reduction in the number of people working in the industry, and there is an expectation that the workforce will be expanded,” he said.
The survey was conducted between October 2 and 10 among 1,068 union members.
It found that the coal, iron, and nickel industries had experienced the biggest job losses.
“The coal industry, which has been hit the most by the reforms, experienced a significant loss in workers,” the report said.”[There are] also concerns about the impact on the copper and gold industry, particularly the effect on the construction industry.”
Mr Keans union also noted that some industries had been hit by “significant reductions in workforce” in recent years.
The Government says its proposed reforms will ensure Australians have jobs and create more than 1,000 new jobs for those in the sector.
“These changes will ensure Australia’s mining industry continues to thrive and contribute to our economy, ensuring we have an industry with a diverse workforce, skilled workers and an effective workforce management system,” Minister for Employment Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.
Topics:work,workers,labour,employment,industry,workers’ rights,government-and-politics,australiaFirst posted October 02, 2020 16:00:05Contact Nicola FuchsMore stories from Western Australia