Peabody won't challenge order to reinstate workers

A DECISION to force international mining giant Peabody to reinstate the jobs of three sacked workers will not be challenged, after the Federal Court backed a claim from the workers' union.

Peabody sackings ruled illegal by Federal Court

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union challenged the company when it cut the jobs of three union representatives at Central Queensland's North Goonyella[COR] mine.

A spokeswoman for Peabody said it would follow the judge's orders.

According to the union's district president Stephen Smyth, the three lost their jobs while involved in "lawful union activity".

"This is a powerful reminder of the right of Australian workers to be actively represented by their unions when it comes to safety and conditions," he said.

Peabody has seven coals mines in Central Queensland and three in New South Wales.