We Work Together

Join the Union to be part of a collective that fights for your rights and conditions




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We Are a strong team

The Mining & Energy Union is a structured team consisting of people from a background relevant to the members we represent. When it comes to making decisions about the Union’s future, members get to have a say and a discussion takes place for the district or office team to implement solutions.

When it comes to legal advice, the legal officers have your back, with years of industry experience under their belts. They are committed to the Union, and aim to provide excellent service for any legal issue that a member may encounter.

Members Matter Most

The Mining & Energy Union was formed to support workers, and provide a voice for them. The Queensland Colliery Employees Union was founded in 1908, and since then we have fought hard together to achieve the best safety standards in the world. Since the first District Inspectors were introduced in 1925, ‘Checkies’ have been a vital part of the safety system.

Not limited to safety, Australian coal miners enjoy good pay and conditions. “Holiday pay and sick leave, long service leave and super schemes didn’t just arrive at our front door. Ordinary men and women struggled hard and suffered for what too many people take for granted today. One thing I know for sure, without strong Unions and a rock-solid rank and file, working people will get nothing.” – Tom Mcmahon, coal miner from 1926-1972.

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We understand the challenges ahead…

The Benefits are Endless

Being a Union member entitles you a multitude of benefits additional to having a voice in enterprise bargaining discussions. The Union has a public social media page, accessible to all and keeping you abreast of relevant issues from around the country. It is also possible to contact the Union via Facebook’s chat function.

Other benefits that can be accessed via the Union’s channels include Industrial Legal Services, Health & Safety Officers, Workers Compensation, The Mineworkers Trust, Mine Super Superannuation, banking with Unity Bank, Westfund Health Insurance, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Union Shopper, District Checkies and many others. See more on our Member Benefits page here.

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Become a member

Interested in joining the Union?

If you would like to read about the benefits in becoming a member of the Mining and Energy Union, head over to the member benefits page. Already made up your mind? Click below to fill in an application form.