Six BMA mines to cease operations

THE Single Bargaining Unit yesterday filed its intent to execute work stoppages in excess of 36 hours at six BMA mine sites this weekend.

Peak Downs mine will instigate the stoppages on Saturday with a 12-hour shift stoppage before Blackwater, Gregory, Goonyella Riverside, Norwich Park and Saraji follow on Sunday night.

Crinum is the only mine that will maintain operation from its unionised workforce.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said the increased industrial action reflected the attitude of workers.

“These blokes are getting frustrated with how slow negotiations are going, and this way they can show just how frustrated they are,” he said.

The unionised workforces will stop work for a minimum of 24 hours at each of the six mines from Sunday.

But Saraji workers would exercise the longest stoppage, effectively downing tools for two-and-a-half days.

Workers are expected to return to work Tuesday morning.

Washplants and draglines operated by union-member workers at each of the mines will stop production across the weekend, resulting in no coal being loaded and no shot firing occurring, Mr Smyth said.

“I call it controlled chaos but it reflects the escalating dispute between the SBU and the company,” he said.

“This is obviously the blokes expressing their opinions and the way they feel about it.

“At the end of the day, they are not happy with the negotiations and the longer it goes on, the more they express those opinions.”

Crinum mine workers will continue operations due to a longwall cut and the wish to not compromise safety standards, Mr Smyth said.

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