CFMEU Mining and Energy has filed a class action law suit against labour hire company WorkPac, to win back millions of dollars in unpaid entitlements for our members who have been ripped off as casuals.
WorkPac is one of Australia’s largest labour hire companies with more than 3,000 employees in the coal mining industry alone.
The class action against WorkPac has been brought in the name of Hunter Valley mineworker Ben Renyard, who worked for three years as a casual on a flat hourly rate for WorkPac at Mount Thorley Warkworth mine, but it is for the benefit of all affected members.
Importantly, the CFMEU class action is being fully funded by the union and there is no additional cost to union members for taking part in the action.
All of the entitlements won through the class action will be paid directly to affected members, with none lost to legal fees. The union will not take a cut from any compensation order or settlement reached on behalf of members.
Coal mine workers who are union members and have been employed by WorkPac as a casual for a period of three months or more since 2013 are eligible to take part in the class action. Relevant workers who aren’t currently union members are also encouraged to register their interest in joining the class action.
Find out more: Who is covered by the class action?