Axe claims on rise

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jar­rod Lu­cas

Un­fair dis­missal claims are on the rise in the Gold­fields, the Aus­tralian Mines and Met­als As­so­ci­a­tion says.

AMMA man­ager con­sult­ing west coast Jeff Mackie said there had been an in­crease in lit­i­ga­tion as the heat came out of the min­ing boom and jobs be­came scarce.

“You might think that the in­dus­trial re­la­tions en­vi­ron­ment is quite be­nign in the Gold­fields and cer­tainly there is not a high level of union ac­tivism, but we’ve de­fended a num­ber of com­pa­nies over the past year here for un­fair dis­missal claims,” he said.

Mr Mackie said the Fair Work Com­mis­sion had had about 15,000 such claims in the past year.

The Fair Work Om­buds­man last year had more than 24,000 of­fi­cial com­plaints, he said.

Mr Mackie said AMMA was fore­cast­ing the loss of 7000-10,000 con­struc­tion jobs as “mega projects” Roy Hill, Gor­gon and Wheat­stone “come off the boil”.

He said there was mod­er­ate de­mand for labour and on­go­ing short­ages of elec­tri­cal trades­men.

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