CFMEU members protesting over conditions on Bechtel's Curtis Island projects. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
CFMEU members protesting over conditions on Bechtel's Curtis Island projects. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

CFMEU claim BHP look to limit strikes and work bans

THE CFMEU has today released a strongly-worded statement, criticizing what it says is a suggestion from mining giant BHP that would limit worker's rights to take industrial action.

The union said the mining company had made recommendations to the Productivity Commission's Workplace Relations inquiry that the Fair Work Act be revised to limit the use of work bans and strikes.

A union official said the move would give even more control to already "vastly powerful" mining companies.

The union's Queensland mining and energy president Steve Smyth said the best solution to limit industrial action was for BHP to stop attacking workers.

"If BHP wants a better relationship with its workforce it won't get there through changing the law to limit industrial action," he said.

"It will get there by being a better employer and corporate citizen."

The union also included tips to the company on how to improve its relationships with workers, focusing on wage adjustments, safety and local employment. 

A response has been sought from BHP.



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