The CFMEU, the union who cover mine workers, challenge the common view that miners are better off under AWAs. They argue that a study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that those under collective agreements in the coal industry are doing better. Yesterday, their National President Tony Maher claimed:
Mineworkers on collective agreements typically earn more than $100,00 per year, while those on AWAs typically earn far less than that.
(CFMEU Media Release 29 August 2007)
Haven't found this picked up in the mass media yet. Perhaps it is lost in the wake of Rudd's Industrial Relations announcement. A little more data might enlighten the debate.
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