Appin miners continue to strike over pay dispute

A miner at the December 1 Appin protest. Picture: Robert Peet

A miner at the December 1 Appin protest. Picture: Robert Peet

Miners from South32’s Appin Colliery have entered a second week of protected strike action, as their fight for better pay and conditions continues.

The industrial action comes amid an ongoing protest against the wage gap between the mine’s permanent and contract workers.

Hundreds of miners have taken part in Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union-led public rallies at Appin and Wollongong in recent months. 

CFMEU district vice-president Bob Timbs said discussions with labour hire companies Mastermyne and Delta SBD were continuing, as part of the union’s attempts to “resolve the issue”.

Mr Timbs said the miners hadn’t given up “fighting to stop the continued downward spiral of wages and conditions”.

Contractors have already had their wages cut by 40 per cent over the past two years, according to the union.

The latest seven-day stoppage began at midnight on Monday.

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