Further strike action for BHP

A FURTHER 24-hour stoppage for BHP’s Queensland operations was scheduled for March 19, with workers from Peak Downs, Saraji, Norwich Park, Gregory and Crinum as well as the Hay Point terminal planning to take part in protected industrial action.

Staff Reporter

High-level talks between BHP managers and union officials in Sydney during the previous week have been unable to resolve the enterprise bargaining dispute that caused the recent seven-day coal strike at the company’s Queensland mines. BHP said it had lost production of 425,000 tonnes of coal during the strike at a cost of between $30 million and $36 million.

 

BHP's managing director and chief executive Paul Anderson met the ACTU secretary Greg Combet and officials from all BHP unions in an effort to find a resolution to the crisis.

 

The result of the meeting appears to have been a worsening of the stand-off between the two parties. BHP is accused of taking a hard line and being aggressive and intransigent. Meanwhile, BHP’s mine and port stockpiles are nearly exhausted.

 

In a blow to union pressure to reject BHP’s offer, workers at BHP's Appin mine in the NSW Illawarra region have voted in favour of a new enterprise agreement. The performance-based agreement will deliver $3000 up-front pay rises, annual increases of between 4%-4.5% per cent and superannuation increases. Tower colliery workers rejected the deal.