SBU stops work

BMA’S Blackwater mine will undergo another round of protected industrial action on Friday after the Single Bargaining Unit notified the company late Monday afternoon.

The stoppage will cease production for 12 hours on Friday’s night shift from 6pm.

It is double that of the previous stop work meeting last Wednesday.

The SBU, made up of the CFMEU, AMWU and ETU, filed the intent to exercise the protected industrial action after the representatives negotiating with BMA in Rockhampton failed to reach any agreement on the major issues.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said some progress had been made on some of the smaller issues, but warned there was “still way more to get done”.

“We’re making some slow progress on the small issues, but nothing on the big-ticket items,” he said.

“We’re still a long way off, and it is day two of negotiations.”

The SBU is negotiating the sixth version of the enterprise agreement developed by the resource conglomerate and conceded some progress had been gained on the “minor clauses” but he believed the “company (BMA) just don’t seem to want to fix it”.

He branded the BMA advertisements published in Queensland newspapers a “deliberate ploy and a bit underhanded” because they included content the SBU had not released to the media.

“It’s quite mischievous behaviour,” Mr Smyth said.

“We’ve wanted to discuss these issues, the accommodation, commute and roster clauses, since December but they (BMA) haven’t wanted to.

“We brought it up with the representatives in negotiations and they told us that they’d have to go away and get back to us.”

Mr Smyth said the advertisements unfairly targeted mining families.

“But nothing surprises me with how this mob behaves,” he said.

BMA spokesperson Samantha Stevens yesterday confirmed the intent to undertake protected industrial action had been filed with the company Monday afternoon, but maintained negotiations were continuing “in good faith”.

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