BMA negotiations start Monday

ACCOMMODATION arrangements and roster schedules are shaping up to be the key sticking points of enterprise agreement negotiations between the Single Bargaining Unit and mining giant BMA.

For more than 12 months, 3500-plus unionised BMA workers have taken protected industrial action at seven mines in Central Queensland as the SBU, comprising the AMWU, ETU and CFMEU, negotiates with the international conglomerate to settle outstanding agreement conditions.

The concentrated negotiation will begin in Brisbane on Monday, and according to ETU organiser Glenn Hall, will not end until either an agreement or an impasse is reached.

"We were meeting for two or three days here and there, but now we will be meeting for five days straight," Mr Hall said.

"These talks have been dragging on since November, 2010."

The SBU has declared a ceasefire on work stoppages at the seven Bowen Basin mines while negotiations continue in an apparent attempt to aid in the agreement's resolution.



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