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Group of Mining and Energy members stood on a lawn bowls lawn outside a bowling club holding Same Job Same Pay corflutes

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Same Job Same Pay application: Rix’s Creek

June 11, 2024

The Mining and Energy Union has today filed a Same Job Same Pay application in the Fair Work Commission covering labour hire coal mine workers at Rix’s Creek open cut mine in the NSW Hunter Valley.

The application covers about 50 WorkPac employees at the mine near Singleton, which is owned by the Bloomfield Group.

It is the MEU’s third application under new laws to prevent labour hire workers being paid less than permanents for performing the same work.

The application at Rix’s Creek would lift pay of labour hire workers in line with the terms of the Rix’s Creek Mine Enterprise Agreement and deliver pay rises to labour hire workers performing work on roster patterns covered by the Agreement.

The MEU’s first applications were at Callide Mine near Biloela in Central Queensland, which is still awaiting determination by the Fair Work Commission; and Mount Pleasant Mine in the Hunter Valley, which was withdrawn after the mine operator Thiess committed to permanently employing labour hire workers covered by the application, seeing their pay increase by $25,000 a year.

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