Sacked miner welcomes pledge for more labour hire protection
A WORKER who lost his job at BMA's Daunia mine has welcomed an election commitment that will deliver eight extra frontline inspectors to support labour hire miners.
The inspectors will protect workers in regional Queensland from wage theft under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Speaking in Mackay, Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said a Labor Government would invest $6.1 million in the Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit over four years to ensure employers complied with labour hire licensing laws.
"Queensland has 3300 licensed labour hire providers, many of them putting thousands of workers onto mine sites in regional Queensland," he said.
"The resources sector will underpin Queensland's economic recovery as one of our traditional strengths.
"But with that must come good, secure jobs for Queenslanders - jobs that support them and their families and give them confidence for their future."
Former labour hire worker Peter Guinea, 64, was told in June this year he was no longer needed at Daunia mine.
Mr Guinea said the added protections would be a good thing for the industry.
"Any help we can get out there is great," he said.
Mr Guinea said the loss of his income during the current economic crisis was "devastating".
He is still unable to find work four months later.
"It's definitely rough. Everyone wants a job, everyone wants to work," Mr Guinea said. Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said more than 500 labour hire providers had been weeded out for failing to meet their legal obligations since Labor introduced labour hire licensing laws in 2018.
"Like many of my constituents in Mackay, I have family members who work in the mines and I want to see them come home safe and well after every shift," Mrs Gilbert said.
"That's why I have worked so hard on mine safety and health reforms like the free compulsory lung health checks for existing and retired miners and the mobile lung screening van that will take those checks on the road next year."