News

No job but one free house gift

Norwich Park miners have until tonight to accept a redundancy offer after BMA announced it will cease operations at the mine.
Norwich Park miners have until tonight to accept a redundancy offer after BMA announced it will cease operations at the mine. Contributed

WORKERS at a terminally unprofitable Norwich Park Mine near Dysart could score a house if they opt for a redundancy package today.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance made the offer in official documents circulated to mine workers - and now obtained by APN - when the project's closure was announced on April 11.

They have until midnight tonight to respond. In a question-and-answer section, the document explains what happens to staff who do not want, or are ineligible to slot into roles at other BMA mines.

For those who have purchased a house from BMA "under caveat", taking a redundancy or being sent to work at a distant project would mean "BMA will remove the caveat conditions that apply to your property".

"The property will then be owned by you free of encumbrances."

For those who are given a role nearby, whatever arrangements have been made with BMA will remain in place.

Those given a voluntary redundancy will be given at least 13 weeks of base pay and a further $3762 for each year the worker has been with BMA.

The 490 BMA staff will fill out a list of preferences 1-9 of company sites they would want to work - voluntary redundancy is the first on the list.

But all will have to apply for their new roles.

Those who do not fit the "skill set" of a new role and have not already opted for a voluntary redundancy will have a redundancy forced upon them.

A Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union spokesman has warned workers to be cautious of taking a voluntary redundancy. The union has previously protested both the closure of the mine, and that BMA was not automatically shifting workers into new positions.

"Whatever the worker decides, they need to be confident of their future arrangements," a spokesman said.

"If you take the voluntary redundancy, then the company is not obligated to give you anything.

"They pay you out and you're on your own."

It believed there were up to 1000 vacancies within the company's fleet of Central Queensland projects.

The 10-page missive spells out that the closure of Norwich Park had nothing to do with industrial action nor that BMA was considering selling the site.

BMA did not respond to questions before deadline, but has previously detailed that it would redeploy as many workers as possible to its other projects.

Topics:  bhp billiton mitsubishi alliance, bma, construction forestry mining and energy union, mine workers, norwich park mine



Rural medicine postgraduate training hub for Rockhampton?

Prof Sarah Strasser, head of the Rural Clinical School for the University of Queensland, confirmed the university would be putting in a submission.

Plans to move postgraduate from metro areas to rural/regional

Cameron scores podium finish in first comp

Cameron Winter has finished with a third placing in his first body-building competition.

Body-builder ecstatic about third placing in his first competition

Development fees slashed for aged care facility

Benevolent Aged Care.

Councillors were split over the percentage of discount

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Rocky venue to exclusively screen global movie festival

WORLD PREMIER: The Walter Reid Cultural Centre is one of eight Australian venues to host the World's First Global Film Festival.

Local movie lovers to judge the World's First Global Film Fest

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work