11 more days on the outer
Bully Boy” and “Disgraceful” part of the language in Oaky North fight.
Wednesday 16 August 2017
A resolution in the battle over a new enterprise agreement at Oaky North coal mine near Middlemount seems further away this week as both the unions and the mine's owner, take more aggressive positions in the conflict.
Glencore has locked 190 striking CFMEU miners out for 11 days, which the CFMEU says brings the total lockout days in the last three months to 36.
Which elicited this response from CFMEU Boss Tony Maher on the day Glencore announced global profits of $4.8 billion last week.
"Glencore is the poster child for corporate greed and trickle-down economics in Australia today," he said.
"They have just reported a 53% increase in their revenue from coal, and at the same time, they are trying to strip away rights and conditions from the very workers whose labour has delivered surging earnings to them."
In response, Glencore has accused the CFMEU of 1970’s style “bully boy” tactics and “disgraceful” behaviour on the picket line.
"At Oaky North, we want a work environment where our management and employees have an open and constructive and collaborative relationship and a safe and efficient workplace where management allocate labour as is required," they said in a statement.
"In resorting to 1970s bully-boy tactics, the CFMEU has challenged this at every step.
"Our proposed EA maintains employees' attractive remuneration and heavily subsidised accommodation, as well as their right to representation during disputes or formal consultation and access to a support person during discipline discussions.
"The CFMEU continues to ignore each of these facts.
"In addition, the behaviour of certain union officials and members, both on the picket line and on social media, is nothing short of disgraceful.”
At the heart of the dispute that has been running since May, is a disagreement over a clause in the existing EA which governs CFMEU access and representation of workers at the mine.
In July, Glencore said the lockouts were approved under Fair Work Legislation and that CFMEU strike action had so far cost them 28-thousand hours of labour at the mine.
Meanwhile, the CFMEU’s Chris Brodsky, says they were forced to take strike action after a deal offered to Glencore was rejected.
“Three weeks ago we offered the company a zero percent pay rise for the two years of the agreement, with an automatic rollover, “ he said in May
“And the company knocked that back, and put their document out, and it was voted down 99% by 100% of the workforce.