Rio Tinto was recently ordered to pay a former coal miner more than a million dollars in damages and compensation after illegally standing him down. They have also been ordered to pay $24,600 in interest payments by the courts.
The CFMEU described the amounts as “nearly unprecedented in workplace disputes”.
The damages and compensation amount is above the $50,000 the company had to pay out earlier in the week.
The fines are related to the injury of the miner in a bulldozer accident in 2009 which caused him serious spinal injury. Read more about the case at: https://safetowork.com.au/coal-miner-gets-million-dollar-payout-from-rio-tinto/