Industrial action over new EA continuing to slow coal production
Wednesday 24 May 2017
CFMEU mining workers at the Glencore owned Oaky Creek North Coal mine are continuing with their campaign of rolling stoppages over conditions in a proposed new workplace agreement.
Neither side has hinted at a willingness to negotiate from their current positions, despite EB negotiations going on for more than a year, and the previous EA now expired.
In a short statement, Glencore said miners at their operations are well paid, and the new conditions proposed in the new EA allow flexibility in their operations.
"Our Oaky North employees are very well remunerated, as well as receiving generous subsidies for accommodation arrangements,” they said.
"The proposed changes to the EA are consistent with our stated aim of achieving a modern and flexible enterprise agreement for Oaky North that allows us to manage the operation safely, efficiently and productively in a period of continued challenge for all Australian coal operations.
"The proposed changes are consistent with those agreed by the CFMEU in other Enterprise Agreements across Australian coal mines.”
However, the CFMEU’s Chris Brodsky disagrees telling local media the proposed enterprise agreement would remove workers' access to workplace representation and a range of other issues.
"Glencore's position would deny employees fair and reasonable representation and set a dangerous precedent for pay and conditions across the mining sector,” Mr Brodsky said.
"Workers have dug in now.
“We will stand firm and will not be bullied by this big corporation.
"It's time the company agreed to provide workers with the basic conditions and entitlements being sought by the union.”