Bowen Basin mine talks progressing

UNRESOLVED issues remain, but following a week of intense back-to-back meetings the Single Bargaining Unit has cautiously welcomed the progress made with mining giant BMA at the negotiating table.

Version 14 of the enterprise agreement for seven of the company's Bowen Basin mine sites was yesterday handed to the SBU, comprising the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union (AMWU), the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) for consultation and review.

It was a move which CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said was "promising".

"Obviously we have wanted these negotiations to be finalised as soon as possible, and there are still some issues outstanding, but we're optimistic," Mr Smyth said.

Six major issues remain unresolved in the long-running agreement negotiations, of which the most concerning for the more than 3500 mine workers were site schedules and housing arrangements.

Talks are set to resume tomorrow, it was stated.



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