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Oaky North Lodge presents Honorary Life Membership to Black Lung Victims

May 9, 2019

In a gesture of solidarity and a commitment to stand by them throughout their ordeal, our Union’s Oaky North Lodge in Central Queensland presented Honorary Life membership to four of their former workmates suffering from Black Lung Disease. Speaking before a crowded May Day celebration in Tieri, Lodge President Ross Clark presented Gary Schnidt, Brad […]

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Rockhamton, Mackay and Moranbah to host Black Lung forums

April 15, 2019

The Mine Dust Diseases Victims Group will hold forums in Rockhampton, Mackay and Moranbah next week to inform current and former coal miners about debilitating and often deadly Black Lung coal mine dust diseases. Victims Group advocate Jim Pearce said 105 current and retired Queensland coal industry workers have now been diagnosed with industrial lung […]

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BHP must support dust disease mineworkers

March 4, 2019

Victims of coal mine dust diseases and their supporters will today rally and attempt to meet with the CEO of BHP and other senior executives at the company’s plush Melbourne headquarters. The group is campaigning for the establishment of a victims’ support fund to help people with mine dust diseases and their families cope. Mine […]

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Century of Shame: Queensland reaches 100 confirmed mine dust disease victims

February 19, 2019

Over 100 Queenslanders have now been diagnosed with mine dust lung diseases such as black lung and silicosis, according to the latest figures from CFMEU Mining & Energy. CFMEU Mining & Energy Queensland District President Steve Smyth said the true number of victims was probably much higher due to poor processes for diagnosing workers. “Reaching […]

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Victims protest outside BHP Brisbane Office

February 18, 2019

Victims of coal mine dust diseases and their supporters rallied outside BHP’S Brisbane office on Friday. The group is campaigning for the establishment of a victims support fund to help people with mine dust diseases and their families cope. The Mine Dust Victims Group has written to the CEO of BHP, Andrew Mackenzie, seeking the […]

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Mine dust victims seek support from Michelle Landry MP

February 11, 2019

Mine dust victims and supporters tried to meet with Queensland Member of Parliament Michelle Landry at her electorate office in Rockhampton but she would not come out to meet with them. The group were kicking off their campaign to ask politicians to support an industry fund that will provide care and support to victims of […]

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Dust Disease Register welcome, but requires improved diagnosis

November 15, 2018

The Queensland Government’s announcement of a new Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register to officially record cases of occupational dust disease is a welcome step in addressing a growing workplace health crisis, the CFMEU said today. However, a lack of independent medical professionals with expertise in occupational dust disease is preventing authorities from getting a true […]

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QLD MINE DUST DISEASE CRISIS: INDEPENDENT DUST MONITORING URGENTLY NEEDED

October 12, 2018

Independent monitoring of dust levels must be urgently introduced in Queensland to help manage the worsening mine dust disease crisis including black lung and silicosis, CFMEU Mining and Energy said today. Simtars – the Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station – has the expertise and independence to carry out monitoring in the best interests of […]

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MINE DUST VICTIMS CALL FOR LEVY ON COAL COMPANIES

October 8, 2018

Mine dust victims are calling on Queensland coal companies to pay a levy on coal production to assist workers afflicted by mine dust diseases. The Mine Dust Victims Group has proposed the coal industry pay a levy of one cent, per tonne, per week to establish a fund to help coal dust victims meet the […]

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CUTS TO MINE DUST LEVELS WILL SAVE LIVES – MORE MUST BE DONE TO DIAGNOSE AND SUPPORT DUST DISEASE VICTIMS

September 25, 2018

The Queensland Government’s commitment to reducing mine dust levels announced today will save lives by reducing future cases of mine dust lung disease. The CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District has been leading the campaign to reduce exposure limits for respirable coal dust in the state’s mines and is pleased the government has taken action. […]

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