Workers Voting On Keeping Griffin Coal Afloat

Massive Pay Cut Required

Workers Voting On Keeping Griffin Coal Afloat

Imagine being asked to take a vote on whether your whole workplace would take a massive pay cut?

That's the task facing workers at Griffin Coal mine in Collie.

Around 120 workers have until midnight tonight to have their say on a new agreement on a cut of almost $50,000 down to $90,000 a year.

The proposed agreement was struck by the Fair Work Commission between the CFMEU and Griffin Coal with claims that the company may not be able to continue if wages weren't able to be renegotiated.

The agreement includes hourly rates being cut by 25%, rosters reduced by 5 hours and superannuation payments scaled back.

The vote was opened up to workers on Saturday.

Gary Wood from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says the workers are in a tough situation.

“While they’re angry on one hand, they do understand the position”

- Gary Wood via