News

CFMEU blasts Norwich Park plan

Norwich Park is set to close. Photo Tara Miko / CQ News
Norwich Park is set to close. Photo Tara Miko / CQ News Tara Miko

THE CFMEU is seeking validation of leaked documents which suggest BHP is planning to de-unionise the Norwich Park pit after it closes next Friday.

District president Stephen Smyth yesterday said the five-year plan for the mothballed Dysart mine showed the company was planning to re-open the mine with a non-union workforce, despite assurances to the contrary.

"It's very clear to me that the company wants a non-union workforce," Mr Smyth said.

"Workers already held fears that BHP's decision to close Norwich Park may not have been purely for the operational reasons the company cited."

He said the plan was dated from the 2013 financial year.

BHP responded to media requests after deadline yesterday with this statement:

"BMA has no plans to restart Norwich Park with a new workforce.

"The decision to suspend production at the operation was based on a number of factors that were communicated clearly at the time the closure was announced. 

"This latest attempt to mislead BMA's employees needs to be seen in the context of the enterprise agreement ballot process currently being conducted by BMA."

BHP will be hit by an almost total workforce stoppage on Monday, as its seven Bowen Basin operations embroiled in enterprise agreement negotiations strike on Labour Day.

Rolling stoppages will hit from today with Gregory and Crinum workers and again on Tuesday, along with Blackwater.

Norwich Park, Saraji and Peak Downs workers will strike on Sunday.

Workers at Goonyella Riverside will follow on Wednesday.

But a CFMEU spokesman warned the stoppages could be pulled at any time.

The CFMEU yesterday won an interim injunction from the Federal Court in the case against a Norwich Park worker fired by BHP for waving placards bearing the word 'scabs'.

The hearing is listed for May 14 and 15. Both the worker and the CFMEU strongly deny the allegations.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Register for Relay for Life 2017

SIGN UP: Lorna Hicks, Debbie Shields, Julie Sandeman and Ashlee Hansen at the Central Highlands Relay for Life 2016.

Throw your support behind Relay for Life 2017.

Day extra special for new citizens

FLAG DOWN A PARTY: The council will hold events all over the Central Highlands.

Australia Day will be extra special for our newest citizens.

Their stories live on

HISTORY LESSON: Lady Annie Brassey visited Tenterfield in July 1887 while spending much of the last 10 years of her life at sea. Hear her story on Australia Day.

Hear the region's stories of old at the historical afternoon tea.

Local Partners

Women "bullied" into caesareans at rural hospital: claims

Maternity service review causes chaos at Emerald Hospital.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Win your love with tickets

SMILES: Staff and children from Outside School Hours Care are fundraising for a new playground at the centre.

DAZZLE your darling with tickets to this year's Valentine's Day Ball

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!