Govt arrogance disgusts CFMEU

Premier Anna Bligh.
Premier Anna Bligh. File

ARROGANCE and a total disregard for the concerns of mining communities in the Bowen Basin could cost the State Government one of its strongest and most powerful allies.

Representing about 10,000 coal miners throughout the region, the CFMEU said the government had misled and deceived the entire state, and accused it of burying its Caval Ridge mine 100% fly in, fly out application decision late Friday afternoon.

Queensland secretary Jim Valery said he was "personally very disappointed" in the Labor party.

"Our organisation has worked tirelessly for over a year on engaging the government, with detailed submissions, numerous meetings with Ministers and bureaucrats - but this government just isn't listening to people and communities on this and many other issues," Mr Valery said.

"Many communities feel they are banging their heads up against a wall of Bligh Government spin, and frankly I think they have every reason to feel that way."

The CFMEU said it argued the government should have approved the original submission for Caval Ridge which included a split workforce of 70% FIFO and 30% permanent. An 80% FIFO workforce was approved last week.

"The State Government talks about delivering choice and balance on the one hand, and then arrogantly ignores the needs of communities with their rubber stamp firmly clasped in the other," Mr Valery said.

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