Unions to grind down Norwich Park

FULL shift stoppages are scheduled to hit several BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance-operated open cut coal mines in Queensland from this Friday, with protected industrial action at the Norwich Park mine to run for more than two weeks.
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Union members, image courtesy of the CFMEU.

Blair Price

Workers at the Goonyella Riverside mine will stop working for the day shift on Friday, while output from the key Peak Downs mine will grind to a halt due to day and night shift stoppages planned for that day.

But the Norwich Park mine has been targeted for the bulk of this wave of protected industrial action.

Day and night shift stoppages will start at the mine from Friday and not end until November 14.

BMA employees recently voted 92% in favour of rejecting the 11th proposed enterprise agreement.

Negotiations over the new BMA central EA covering seven mines started around November/December. The encompassing EA expired on May 16.

Various protected industrial action first started up at the relevant BMA mines in June.

Unlike other previous disputes over EAs in the mining industry, the CFMEU has teamed up with the Electrical Trades Union and Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union to form a Single Bargaining Unit with BMA over the central agreement.

BMA’s previous EA offerings have included sweeteners of a 5% pay rise with a $5000 sign-on bonus.

Outside of wages, agreement conditions relating to employee protections with workplace representation have been another issue for the SBU.