Miners protest 'hot bed' camps

Moranbah North miners are protesting accommodation arrangements.
Moranbah North miners are protesting accommodation arrangements.

MORANBAH North miners have begun protesting over what they describe as a “dangerous practice” of sharing camp rooms, which would require workers to drive home after 12-hour shifts.

Moranbah North CFMEU Lodge president Dean Smith said Anglo Coal’s plans to “hot bed” workers’ accommodation meant workers would be forced to hand in their room key and drive back to Mackay after working their last 12-hour shift on their roster.

However, Anglo hit back at the claims, saying the company had a fatigue management policy in place and always had rooms available at Grosvenor Village for every worker finishing their rostered cycle.

“The safety of our employees is our number one priority and as part of this, we have a fatigue management policy in place to support our employees who choose to commute to and from Moranbah,” an Anglo Coal spokeswoman said.

“We also provide buses that depart at the end of roster cycles to transport our workforce to Mackay.”

Mr Smith said workers were also protesting about a lack of housing provided by Anglo. He said 61 workers wanted to bring their families to town but were unable to as there was no housing available.

Mr Smith said the demonstration against Anglo’s “hot bedding” plans and accommodation arrangements would last until Friday.

Anglo also refuted the union’s claims about accommodation arrangements, saying its Moranbah North workforce was predominantly residential.

A spokeswoman said the company owned 240 houses and units in Moranbah and had 414 rooms at the Grosvenor Village, which was undergoing an $8 million upgrade.

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