coal-miningRio 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: