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Push for changes to mine shutdown pay

The Fair Work Commission's Justice Iain Ross has called for submissions on miners' leave entitlements during a shutdown.
The Fair Work Commission's Justice Iain Ross has called for submissions on miners' leave entitlements during a shutdown. agnormark

THOSE who want a say on coal miners being forced to take unpaid leave during temporary mine shutdowns have just 24 hours to do it.

Submissions to the Fair Work Commision must be received by 4pm, Thursday, May 18.

The Commission is hearing a case with the Coal Mining Industry Employers Group, Australian Industry Group, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Mining and Energy Division and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

The issue has arisen since a decision was made on March 24 about the variation of the annual leave term in the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010.

"A number of parties made submissions regarding the shutdown provision," a statement by Justice Iain Ross reads.

"A hearing took place on May 5 to discuss the provisional views."

On May 12, the CMIEG filed a proposed revised shutdown clause to replace the March 24 clause.

Under the CMIEG's revised clause, workers could be paid during a shutdown, but it would be taken as annual leave. If they had not accrued enough annual leave they could either take unpaid leave or paid leave in advance.

Also, under the proposed revised shutdown policy, employees must be given 28 days written notice of a temporary closure, down from one month.

It does, however, allow employers to give less notice if agreed between the employer and employee.

Justice Ross has invited submissions on the proposed clause, to be received by 4pm Thursday, May 18.

Submissions and comments should be sent to amod@fwe.gov.au.

Topics:  coal miners. mining mackay coal mining fair work commission

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