Unions warn of more strikes
TOTAL overtime bans have been enforced and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has warned BMA more industrial action is on the cards should negotiations continue to stall.
More than 2800 AMWU, CFMEU and ETU members at seven of BMA’s Bowen Basin coal mines downed tools in June as part of protected industrial action while the Single Bargaining Unit struggles to reach an approved enterprise agreement with the resource giant.
AMWU state secretary Rohan Webb said workers, collectively represented by the SBU, were becoming increasingly frustrated and had unanimously endorsed escalating industrial action after a number of mass meetings held in central Queensland mining towns.
“Workers also voted to increase the length and frequency of shift stoppages – they want to crank it up a notch,” Mr Webb said.
But BMA last week maintained its belief that industrial action was unnecessary as negotiations with the SBU were making progress.
“BMA is continuing to meet and negotiate with the unions and we believe good progress is being made,” a company spokeswoman said.
But Mr Webb rejected the statement and said through the 26 days negotiations have been held, little progress had been made on the core issues for the new enterprise agreement.
CFMEU district vice president Glenn Power said the unions would continue to meet with the company in the hope progress could be made.
He said industrial action was a last resort and the SBU had been forced to seek the protected stoppages to report back to the more than 4000 union members.