Government sues miners



MORANBAH miners refused to live in accommodation infested with feral cats and fleas, which was close to raw sewage overflows.

The allegations are the subject of a court case between the Federal Government and 72 workers from the Moranbah mine.

The Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Department is suing the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), State organiser Kane Lowth and 72 union members over snap strike action taken in February last year over the conditions of the BMA Mac 2 Camp.

The case has been adjourned to May 11.

AMWU state secretary Andrew Dettmer said the camp was unsafe: "The workers refused to keep working until their living arrangements had been made safe.

"They were in dispute ...for about three days.''

Mr Dettmer said the government's decision to sue was based on a breach to the Workplace Relations Act.

He said workers were well within their rights.

Mr Dettmer said up until yesterday, only about 20 of the 72 workers had been served with their paperwork ? 30-page subpoenas prepared by the government's Melbourne-based legal team.



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