BMA seeks swift end to action

BMA has offered the Single Bargaining Unit more meetings in the coming weeks in an attempt to resolve ongoing enterprise agreement negotiations and rolling work stoppages.

According to a BMA spokeswoman, the company wrote to the SBU, comprising the AMWU, CFMEU and ETU, requesting additional meetings next week "in order to further accelerate" negotiations.

"Employees are providing the company with ongoing feedback that they are frustrated with the speed of negotiations and want more meetings so that an agreement can be finalised as soon as possible," the spokeswoman said.

"BMA again calls on the unions to withdraw all industrial action when productive negotiations continue, particularly while they are unwilling to commit to additional meetings.

"The ongoing industrial action causes unnecessary financial harm to the business and our employees, particularly in the lead-up to Christmas and will not assist in finalising negotiations more quickly."

But CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said the SBU continued to meet with the company, and had put a proposal to the resource giant asking for a justification of their rejection of enterprise agreement clauses.

Meetings between the two parties, discussing only the housing and accommodation issue, end today in Emerald.

"We've put the proposal to company and are waiting to hear back from them," Mr Smyth said yesterday.

"The meetings this week have been positive and our representatives feel they have made some progress, but there is still a way to go.

"We remain committed to finalising these negotiations as soon as possible."

BMA had until 5pm yesterday to respond to the proposal, which was past the Central Queensland News deadline.

The SBU earlier this week filed notices of further industrial action depending on the outcome of the proposal put to the company. Ongoing overtime bans continue at the seven mine sites.


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