Whitehaven Coal has been accused of using a workplace loophole to wipe out $30 million in accrued entitlements from hundreds of senior managers at its recently purchased BHP mines in Queensland.

The miner is invoking Fair Work Act provisions to exempt 300 supervisors at BHP’s Daunia and Blackwater coal mines from the industry award, effectively cancelling their accrued redundancy and termination payouts, which average $100,000 per worker

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