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Our mining families need steady jobs

AUSTRALIANS DESERVE GOOD, STEADY JOBS

Mining giants have started to force permanent workers onto insecure employment contracts.

Once they sign these contracts, workers receive lower wages, fewer benefits and protections than permanent employees.

Now they’ve started picking off permanent employees who are vocal about their rights. Stop the contracting con. Join us and stand up for steady jobs.

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SOME QUICK FACTS

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Contracting replaces permanent jobs:

The amount of casual or non-employee workers has increased to almost 40 per cent of the workforce.

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Contracting is a con:

Contracting is meant for managing peaks and troughs in productivity. Since the mining boom ended, contracting in the industry has actually increased. Most contract workers are actually working full-time.

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It’s a rip off:

Contractors do not receive sick / annual leave, the right to fair dismissal or the right to maximum shift times.

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Job security matters:

Contractors have higher levels of anxiety and families struggle to get a home loan or car finance.

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Companies are dodging the law:

At some mines, companies have closed their operations for months until existing legally binding Enterprise Agreements expire, only to re-open operations using only contract based workers.

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Myth - contractors get paid more:

Most contractors are actually paid substantially less than their permanent counterparts.

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Myth - contractors like the flexibility.

A recent survey found only 7% of workers chose contracting through a labour hire firm because of flexibility. More often it was a condition of employment or the only option they had.

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