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Construction Port dragline csg mining (L-R) Trackside with Isaac Regional Councillor Jane Pickles Mayor Anne Baker and Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel at the 2017 Middlemount Race Day on Saturday, August 5. Emily Files fifo Jo-Anne Burke, DB Scaffolding; Susan McGuire, Mayogroup Aboutusgeneric_2 Nicola and Kylie Pickering Aboutusgenericimage_3 Tara Flaherty and Rachel Mackie Aboutusgeneric_1 Best Dressed Gent winner Robin Sellar.
Construction Port dragline csg mining (L-R) Trackside with Isaac Regional Councillor Jane Pickles Mayor Anne Baker and Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel at the 2017 Middlemount Race Day on Saturday, August 5. Emily Files fifo Jo-Anne Burke, DB Scaffolding; Susan McGuire, Mayogroup Aboutusgeneric_2 Nicola and Kylie Pickering Aboutusgenericimage_3 Tara Flaherty and Rachel Mackie

Pay cut for Peabody employees
FAIR Work Australia sides with Peabody over boom time contracts
Wednesday 16 March 2016  

The Fair Work Commission has allowed Peabody to terminate what it called a “boom time” Enterprise Agreement (EA) covering about 20 employees at the Coppabella and Moorvale Coal Handling and Preparation Plants.

With the old EA terminated, the FWC is optimistic that a new EA between Peabody and the employee representative CFMEU has a better chance of being nutted out, despite there having been nearly two years of negotiations and 12 separate bargaining meetings already.

At the heart of the deadlock between the CFMEU and Peabody over the new EA, is a disagreement over how much of the miners remuneration will be a performance bonus and how much will be fixed.

In its last and final proposal, Peabody offered a base rate and Short-Term Incentive Plan (STIP) of around 10% to replace the existing base rate and “Work allowance” valued at around $26,000 a year.

However, the CFMEU argued that proposal would result “in a wage cut of about $30,000 per employee” and force them to harden their position and consider responding with increased wage and other claims to offset the loss of the “Work Allowance”.

However in handing down its decision, the FWC sided with Peabody’s view that under their proposed EA, Coppabella employees would see their remuneration go from $137,879 for a five-day roster to around $125,000, while workers at Moorvale would see their wage go from $187,814 for a six-day roster to around $179,000.
“In summary, the current agreement was negotiated to suit its circumstances at the time; it was inherited by Peabody when it insourced the operations of the two CHPP’s,” the FWC said.

“Even more importantly, it was negotiated in very different circumstances, and there has been a very significant change in the state of the coal mining industry since the Sedgman agreement was negotiated.

“In these circumstances, it would be reasonable to facilitate the negotiation of a new agreement that better reflects the current state of the industry, and would provide incentives for improved productivity.

“I recognise that there is likely to be a small but significant reduction in remuneration for the employees in question.”

The coal price applicable for term contracts in the fourth quarter of 2011 when the Sedgman agreement was negotiated it was approximately A$208 per tonne. In April 2014, when Peabody ‘insourced’ mine operations, the coal price was approximately A$115 per tonne. Today it is now approximately A$95 per tonne.

The CFMEU has threatened strike action in response to the cancellation of the old EA.


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