Axe claims on rise
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.