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Union toll on Tahmoor's production

INDUSTRIAL action at Xstrata's Tahmoor longwall mine in New South Wales during the recent financial year reduced its run of mine production by 16% from the previous year to 1.55 million tonnes, according to data provided by Coal Services.

Blair Price
Union toll on Tahmoor's production

When compared to the 1.92Mt of ROM output for the 2007-08 financial year, Tahmoor’s production for 2009-2010 was 19% lower.

Coal Services also noted that the troubled mine had perhaps an optimistic forecast production of 2.54Mt ROM for the 2010 calendar year, compared to the 1.71Mt realised in 2009.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union estimates that its recent industrial action had prevented production since the end of May, while the lockout of the workforce last month ensured “virtually no production” through to early September.

Xstrata locked the workers out of Tahmoor after they binned another enterprise agreement proposal in a vote of 197 to 6.

The lockout is scheduled to end tomorrow.

The dispute over a new enterprise agreement has entered its 22nd month, according to union officials.

The workplace agreements for the colliery and the wash plant expired in April 2009, and industrial action at Tahmoor first started on October 23.

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