Union merger danger

THE ugly industrial dispute at Glencore’s Oaky North coal mine in Queensland, which has led to police investigating five separate complaints, has prompted mining employer group Australian Mines and Metal Association to call for a “public interest test” on the proposed merger between the mining and waterside unions.

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Striking workers at Glencore's Oaky North mine in Queensland.

AMMA CEO Steve Knott said the resources and energy industry wanted unions to comply with the laws of the land before creating a super union with increased powers.

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