A rally organised by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union was held at Moranbah North yesterday as the Bowen Basin continues to be a hotbed of industrial turmoil.
A 15-month dispute between the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and unions over enterprise agreements and safety is stuck in a stalemate.
A union spokesman at the Moranbah North mine reportedly told the AFR that industrial action in the Bowen Basin coalfields was set to “explode”.
“At this pit alone [Moranbah North] we have seen three major roof falls and numerous high-potential incidents in the last five years,” the union reportedly told the AFR.
“If companies continue to throw safety by the wayside in a mad grab for profits, we are staring down the barrel of a disaster.”
On November 7, a drift at Moranbah North suffered a roof collapse, which is believed to have cost Anglo at least 40,000 tonnes in lost production.
Speaking about the incident, an Anglo American spokesperson told ILN the operations at Moranbah had halted at the time “due to a slump of ground in a conveyor drift”
No one was injured and an investigation into the incident commenced.
“Glen Britton has been employed as general manager of Moranbah North mine,” the spokesperson told ILN.
“Work has safely resumed at Moranbah North mine.”
According to the latest longwall statistics released by Coal Services, Moranbah North produced 3.3 million tonnes of coal in 2011 and is forecast to produce 5.5 million tonnes per annum of raw coal output in 2012.