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Miner left stranded
FAIRNESS the first victim of downturn.
Wednesday 09 December 2015  

A CENTRAL Queensland miner has found himself without a job or prospects going into Christmas after being left stranded by a labour hire company at the eleventh hour.

The miner in question had nearly a decade of experience, but like so many other miners had been desperately looking for work after being made redundant.

After more than 12 months of searching, he finally secured casual work at South Walker Creek mine.

However just a month into that contract, he told Shift Miner he was approached by another Labour Hire company offering work.

“I had absolutely no problems with the work I was doing, or the people I was working for, I was just really glad to be back at work,” he said.

“The Labour hire firm that approached me, said it had a few roles it was trying to fill, but I wasn't interested in moving for any of them, except that they had one role that would allow me to work from home.

“As any miner will tell you, if you are given a chance to be able to sleep in your own bed at night, you take it, so I told them that I would be interested in that job if it was available.

“I didn’t actually think I would get the job, but they called back pretty much straight away to say they wanted to do an interview.”

After completing an extensive interview process, supplying all the necessary paperwork and meeting all the other statutory requirements, the miner was officially offered the new role.

He even went so far as asking the Labour hire company to double check that everything was approved, as he really wanted to make sure that he had a job to go to.

After having this confirmed, he gave his notice to his existing employer and went to the special effort of writing a letter thanking them for the work they had given him, and explaining the reasons why he had taken the new role.

However as soon as he had resigned, he said things started to go wrong.

“Well first of all the start date was put back twice, which straight away meant I was off work and unpaid for a fortnight,” he said.

“Still I had made the decision so I just accepted it, but then came the bombshell.

“A couple of days before I was meant to start they rang me up to say the client was putting a halt on all future work, and that they no longer had a job for me.

“There was no way in hell that I would have left the job I was in without having a job to go to, and now I find myself without work at Christmas.

“The part that made me most angry was the way I was told about it, without any apology or even an offer to make amends if possible.

“The companies involved are playing with people's lives, and they shouldn’t be offering jobs that are not there.”

According to the miner,  37 labour hire roles were cancelled and at least two other miners who previously had jobs were left in the lurch.


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