Mining unions to meet with BHP

THE three allied unions fighting for better work conditions for more than 4000 miners in Central Queensland will meet with mining conglomerate BHP Mitsubishi Alliance this morning.

Representatives from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Mine Workers Australia and Communications Electrical Postal Plumbing and Allied Services union will meet with a representative from the company in Brisbane from 10am to continue negotiations. “BHP (Mitsubishi Alliance) are being very hardnosed about it,” the spokesperson said.

Late last week, the unions won the right to hold an attendance vote in place of a postal vote which the spokesperson said was a triumph in common sense.

The Protected Industrial Action ballot closes tomorrow afternoon and requires 50% of member support.

Of that 50%, more than half must vote in support of striking should negotiations continue to fail with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.

Better work conditions, job security and right to representation are the main points to be negotiated at the meeting.

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