CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth.
CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth.

Strikes roll out across the Basin

FAILED negotiations have instigated another series of strikes across the Bowen Basin with an estimated 3000 miners to stop work from Friday.

The Single Bargaining Unit, made up of the CFMEU, AMWU and ETU, met with BMA representatives for two days in Rockhampton to discuss a new enterprise agreement.

However, CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said no progress had been made in the most recent negotiations, and the unions had instead been forced to file notice for protected industrial action late Monday afternoon.

“We filed the notice at five to five Monday afternoon so we could give the required three full days notice,” Mr Smyth said.

Mr Smyth said the union delegates’ main concern was to fight for what members wanted and because negotiations, ongoing since late last year, continued to stall, the second wave of protected industrial action was necessary. It will begin with 12-hour stoppages at Blackwater from Friday, ending with Gregory Crinum workers on Monday morning.

Mining conglomerate BMA on Wednesday slammed the action and maintained the company was committed to making “every effort to increase the rate of progress”.

A spokesperson said BMA offered to meet with the SBU “even more intensively over the next few weeks”.


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