AMWU members have a number of growing concerns about UGL and their operations in the mining industry. As highly skilled tradespersons working in various skills and disciplines, the downturn of the local mining industry is of major concern to workers, families and our local communities.
In Central Queensland, unemployment is high and property prices are still declining. Working people are feeling the pinch and the threat of unemployment or redundancy is ever present.
AMWU members are calling on UGL to work with members and employees to create a viable solution to this serious issue. That's why members are seeking wage parity across all UGL sites in the Central Queensland mining industry.
Currently people working the same classification are paid at different rates. This results in a lack of incentive for young people to take on skilled work and a high turnover of the workforce.
Wage parity would provide long term benefits for UGL and our industry by maintaining an established workforce, increasing productivity and safety.
We want UGL to support the people working in its mines in a way that promotes continued confidence and investment in our region.
If you believe people doing the same work should be paid the same rate, sign the petition here.