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One-man protest fails against mining giant

The sign told peak-hour city motorists he was protesting against the coal giant and Blackwater Mine owner over his unfair dismissal four years ago.
The sign told peak-hour city motorists he was protesting against the coal giant and Blackwater Mine owner over his unfair dismissal four years ago. Ava Benny-Morrison

A FRASER Coast man who set up a one-man protest against BHP Billiton has had his unfair dismissal claim rejected.

Ron Moon, 68, sat patiently in his ute outside the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance building in Brisbane city with a large sign strapped on the tray, waiting for a response.

The sign told peak-hour city motorists he was protesting against the coal giant and Blackwater Mine owner over his unfair dismissal four years ago.

But BMA said Mr Moon's unfair dismissal claim was ruled out after a thorough investigation.

Mr Moon claimed he was unduly dismissed from the Blackwater Mine after three incidents in 2007 - the first of which included being trapped in a truck after a high wall collapsed around him.

"The glass of the cab was like an hourglass," he said.

"I was well and truly shaken and I thought I was history,'' he said.

"When you have hundreds of tons of dirt and rocks coming down you don't know what's going to happen.

"I thought I was going to be buried alive."

Mr Moon said mining officials called him in to question him about how he passed a truck and a water cart on a back road at the mine and a another digging incident.

The 37-year coal mine veteran claimed he was the scapegoat for a company told to tighten the reins around safety.

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