Won’t be any resolution
Meeting scheduled for tomorrow unlikely to break deadlock near Middlemount
Wednesday 27 September 2017
The CFMEU’s predicts there will be no resolution to ongoing industrial action at Oaky North coal mine tomorrow when the Union and Glencore meet.
The pessimistic assessment - if accurate - means the dispute will enter its seventh month this week and 181 CFMEU workers will remain locked out of their workplace as we enter the long weekend.
District Vice President for the CFMEU Chris Brodsky says the union is not going to surrender conditions they fought for in the past.
“We have another meeting tomorrow, but there won’t be any resolution,” he told Shift Miner.
“The clauses that they want removed, we have already got in the enterprise agreement that has been accepted by everyone for seven years.
“We went through a boom, then a bust and blokes agreed to take a $30,000 pay cut to help the company get through the low point.
“Now it’s back up to $200 a tonne, and they want us to give up our entitlements.
“We live in the land of a fair go, and we are not asking for anything more than what we already have.”
At the heart of the dispute, is a disagreement over a clause in the existing EA which governs CFMEU access and representation of workers at the mine.
The CFMEU claims it's now the longest lockout of employees in Australian history, while Glencore says the lockout is approved by the Fair Work Commission and comes after earlier strike action cost them 28-thousand hours of labour at the mine.
Glencore claims the average salary for permanent employees at Oaky North is about $180,000 a year, and increased around 10% between 2011 and 2016, once wages were adjusted for inflation. They also dismiss CFMEU claims that they want to make everyone casual.