Better job terms negotiated

THE three units fighting for better conditions under a new enterprise agreement entered into closed negotiations with BMA following a series of stop work meetings across the Bowen Basin last week.

The Single Bargaining Unit, made up of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Electrical Trade Union, met with the resource conglomerate yesterday morning in Rockhampton.

While the outcome of the meeting was unknown, it was confirmed on Sunday talks between the SBU and BMA representatives would continue today.

The negotiations followed the protected industrial action stop work meetings, after permission was won by the unions two weeks ago in a mass ballot targeted at the almost 4000 members across the central mining region.

BMA branded the six-hour stoppages as “unnecessarily aggressive action”.

“BMA has been continuing to negotiate in good faith with the unions, which have continued to undertake to us and their members that protected action is only accessed by the members as an absolute last resort when all attempts to reach a negotiated outcome have failed and the SBU has scheduled negotiations until the end of July,” a spokesperson said.

The AMWU issued a statement last week which also defended the stop work meetings.

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 8am at the Rockhampton Leagues Club.



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