Union accuses mine of bullying after PO sign on FIFO camps
THE Miners Union has urged Anglo American to restore the post office lease.
"Workers and community members are devastated by the loss of such an essential service," said CFMEU community advocate Jim Pearce.
Mr Pearce said a sign on the post office referred to the explosion of temporary worker accommodation camps in Middlemount and Anglo's preference for housing workers in camps over family housing.
"Instead of addressing the concerns raised in the sign, Anglo's heavy-handed approach is to shut down the post office," Mr Pearce said.
"There are currently about 160 company-owned family homes sitting empty in Middlemount, while the company packs people into camps.
"This is severely undermining the social fabric of the town.
"The company is housing married couples in single men's quarters and it's dissuading families from moving to Middlemount to settle."
Mr Pearce said Anglo American was pocketing tax concessions for using FIFO workers and housing them in camps, rather than supporting the local community.
"The behaviour of the company in Middlemount is a disgrace," he said.
"Unfortunately, it is not unusual. We're seeing an epidemic of bullying by mining companies throughout central Queensland's mining regions."
He said the CFMEU would work with the community to try to re-establish postal services.