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Industrial Manslaughter Laws for Resource Workers Introduced Into Qld Parliament

February 4, 2020

In a big step forward for AWU members, the Queensland Government today introduced industrial manslaughter laws for mine and quarry workers into the Queensland Parliament.

Over the past eighteen months we’ve seen eight workers on mines and quarries in Queensland tragically lose their lives while at work.

As far as we’re concerned, one death or injury at work is one too many.

That’s why we’ve been fighting to get industrial manslaughter law for the mining sector to hold mine bosses to the highest possible level of accountability for safety.

Under these new laws, mining bosses who are found to be criminally negligent in the death of a worker will face penalties of up to two years in jail and $13 million fines.

We’ve spent years fighting for this change, because making sure AWU members have access to safe workplaces is always our first priority.

We’ll be watching the debate in parliament closely and we’ll make sure to update AWU members when these laws become official.

If you have any questions, make sure you speak to your AWU Delegate or Organiser.

Every worker should be able to go to work knowing they’ll be able to head home safe to their family at the end of every shift.

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