CSR sugar trains ban

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has placed indefinite bans on single-driver cane trains at seven Queensland sugar mills following a serious accident.

AWU Northern District Secretary Rod Stockham said a driver was crushed between a train and cane bins on Friday night at the CSR Pioneer mill in north Queensland.

The man was airlifted to Townsville Hospital and is in the intensive care unit.

It is the second time in as many months the AWU has locked horns with the sugar industry, after a pay dispute with Bundaberg Sugar in August which has now been settled.

Mr Stockham said the AWU had been in dispute with CSR since 2001 about the operation of single-driver remote shunting units.

Bans have been placed on CSR mills at Plane Creek, Inkerman, Pioneer, Kalamia and Invicta mills in the Burdekin region, and at Victoria and Macknade in the Herbert River region.

The AWU says it will be seeking further talks with CSR.

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