164 yes 11 no
After nearly 12 months, miners at Oaky North decide to fight on
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Despite being involved in a six-month-long lockout and more than 30,000 hours of lost labour time due to strike action, the workforce at the Oaky North coal mine has rejected a revised Enterprise Agreement with the mine's owner Glencore.
Shift Miner has not yet been able to get a comment from the CFMEU, as the vote did not conclude until 6 pm this evening, however in announcing the results Glencore expressed their disappointment.
“The latest vote marks the third time that these employees have voted down a proposed Enterprise Agreement, this time ignoring the “in principle” position reached by the CFMEU leadership,” a spokesperson said.
“It means that Oaky North, along with our Oaky Creek CHPP, is the only CFMEU lodge in NSW and Queensland not to accept a new EA in the past 12 months.
“In total, 13 other CFMEU lodges – covering more than 2,000 members across Glencore coal operations in NSW and Queensland – have accepted new agreements in 2017.”
A breakthrough in negotiations was expected today after an assisted conciliation session with Fair Work Commission Deputy President Asbury about a week ago seemed to bring both parties closer together.
Glencore says that following that meeting the national, state and local CFMEU lodge executives gave their support to the agreement and Deputy President Asbury had strongly recommended that employees accept the proposed EA.
The CFMEU labelled those claims as disingenuous.
So one of the most militant industrial disputes on the coalfields in years continues, with around 180 locked out miners maintaining a picket line at the mines front gate near Middlemount since August last year.