News

BREAKING: CQ mine at a standstill as miners refuse to work

Workers on strike.
Workers on strike. David Nielsen

A WEEK on and nothing has changed at Oaky North Lodge.

Despite the miner's strike, Glencore have continued what the union believe to be an unreasonable approach to key problems with their proposed enterprise agreement which would strip workers' of their conditions and entitlements.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division District vice president Chris Brodsky said the mining company was insisting on removing provisions in the existing enterprise agreement including the right for workplace representation when a worker is stood down.

"Glencore's position would deny employee's fair and reasonable representation. The approach taken by Glencore is backward and they have offered no reasonable justification for their position," Mr Brodsky said.

"If Glencore got their way it would also set an extremely dangerous precedent for pay and conditions across the entire mining workforce in Queensland."

Mr Brodsky said the work stoppages would continue into next week unless the mining company took a more productive and cooperative approach to negotiations.

"Glencore is asking workers to sacrifice conditions and entitlements while stripping them of basic rights, such as certainty about rostered shifts and the right to be representation.

"Workers are determined to stand up for their rights and entitlements and will not be bullied by this big corporation which seems to be focussed only on taking as much off workers as they possibly can in these negotiations."

Key issues where  the union claims Glencore has taken an unreasonable position include:

. Significantly limiting employee's rights to workplace representation

. Insisting on being able to unilaterally change rosters

. Insistence on a reduction in real wages

. Increasing costs for Accommodation while offering only increases set by the business performance

. Removal of Arbitration in the Personal Leave clause

. Inadequate Natural Disaster Arrangements

It is understood that Glencore brought in a replacement contract-based workforce and has used staff employees to perform production duties when strike action was underway.

The CFMEU said it condemned the company for the approach taken and that Glencore should instead focus on sitting back down at the bargaining table and negotiating reasonable terms and conditions.

The CFMEU also said that it was concerned by the use of external replacement workers and the impact it may have in compromising on safety at the mine.

Topics:  business editors picks



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Motorist's shock as rider 'tumbles' after he's hit by Lexus

ACCIDENT: A cyclists was clipped by a car on a busy Rocky road, a witness says.

BIKE rider hit by a car at 'full throttle' on a busy Rocky road.

43 Rocky locals go bankrupt in horror three months

ROCKHAMPTON locals are struggling to pay their debts.

Huge jets coming to Rocky Airport as passenger numbers rise

Cr Neil Fisher at Rockhampton Airport. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Airport passenger numbers continue to grow

Local Partners

Support given to DV victims

The Isaac Regional Charity Fund (IRCF) is supporting grassroots community organisations to deliver care packs to domestic violence victims in the region.


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash a country treat

GREAT WEEKEND EVENT: Keith Jamieson at the Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash.

Country music festival to feature Jeff Brown

Revving up for Classics next weekend

Classics by the Coast, Bell Park, Emu Park

Engines set to roar at Emu Park family day out next weekend

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!