MP threatens Anglo American execs with corruption charges

MEMBER for Mirani Jim Pearce is threatening to reveal information he says will lead to senior managers at Anglo-American facing corruption charges. 

The Labor MP made the comments on the floor of Brisbane's Parliament House at 10.49pm on Wednesday. 

"After 16 separate EA meetings since 4 April 2014, it is clear that the employer has no intention of negotiating in good faith," Mr Pearce said.  

"The company is using well-entrenched delaying tactics. The company is also acting like a spoiled child by the abuse of best practice management to avoid reaching a fair agreement."

Pearce then spoke about his experiences on the picket line with Anglo-American employees who have been on strike since August 30. 

"After several hours I left those workers feeling somewhat ashamed-ashamed that Anglo Coal, as a multinational presented with the opportunity to be a resource taker, does not care about families and does not care about workers or host communities."

The 68 year-old then took a shot at the three Federal LNP members working in the area. 

"I am ashamed that we have three federal government members servicing our mining families, Michelle Landry, Ken O'Dowd and George Christensen, who all promised to look after our coal industry workforce before the election, but where are they?" he asked,  

"I would suggest they are probably under a rock taking selfies."

He then accused the company's representatives of speaking "with a forked tongue" and said the established enterprise bargaining agreement process had been "bastardised."

"I call on Anglo Coal to immediately end its unconscionable conduct, its mistruths and misrepresentation of facts," Mr Pearce said.  

"I say to the directors and senior management of Anglo Coal that you are aware I am in possession of evidence that exposes mine management to charges of serious corruption.

"All I ask is for Anglo Coal to give the workers a fair go. I am not frightened to bring this evidence to the parliament because I am out there supporting the workers who live in my electorate, and I am going to be in it with them all the way."

A spokeswoman for Anglo-American said the mine would continue to operate despite the fact many workers were on strike.

"Anglo American applies the higest standards of ethical behaviour at all our operations including compliance with international and National Business Integrity codes," the spokeswoman said.

"Anglo American applies the higest standards of ethical behaviour at all our operations including compliance with international and National Business Integrity codes."


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