Union claims victory over BMA

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s plans to cut 700 coal jobs in Queensland will not force redundancies from its permanent workforce according to a union-paid advertisement in a regional newspaper.
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Blair Price

“In a full-page ad in today's Central Queensland News the mining union stated that BMA had ‘made assurances’ regarding the safety of permanent positions,” the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"If the large number of jobs isn't reached through voluntary redundancies, BMA will make up the difference by cutting non-EA (enterprise agreement) employees as per the BMA EA 2012," the ad noted.

BMA has not commented on this report and it is still calling for voluntary redundancies.

“Over the coming weeks, we will continue to work through this process with our employees and their representatives,” A BMA spokeswoman told ICN a week ago.

The union ad comes after Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth claimed that BMA was targeting permanent workers with its job cuts.

“The company's aim is to reduce its permanent workforce and increase the casual workforce,” he told ICN two weeks ago.

“We are ensuring that the agreement is complied with and considering all legal options.”

BMA’s workforce numbers include 6000 employees and 5000 contractors. No deadline has been revealed yet for the job cuts.