Unions refuse to back opposition to higher royalties

UNIONS have refused to support Queensland coal industry’s opposition to the newly-imposed state royalty hike on coal and will continue to claim for higher wages in enterprise bargaining negotiations.

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Mining and Energy Union Stephen Smyth said the extra Queensland royalties was needed to pay for services to coal mining communities.

The mining industry claims Queensland government's controversial decision to place three extra tiers of royalties on coal produced in the state would eat into company profits and reduce the ability of