News

CFMEU warns of strikes

ROLLING seven-day strikes at seven Central Queensland coal mines could start late next week, mine union leader Steve Smyth has warned.

The long-running stand-off between mine owners BMA and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union will continue after a second ballot to accept BMA's offer to employees was voted down yesterday.

While more employees voted to accept the BMA offer yesterday, the ballot failed to achieve majority support, with 82% of employees voting down the offer.

Mr Smyth said the union already had members' approval to start around-the-clock, seven-day strikes at every BMA coal mine in the Bowen Basin.

"We'll be looking at considering the strikes from late next week, and we have a mandate to do that from our members so it's just a matter of notifying the company," he said.

"The employees have now twice voted down BMA's offer, and even with the pay increase, what the employees want is improved conditions.

"The ball is in BMA's court now. We're more than happy to go back to the negotiating table again."

It was understood the cost of the strikes to the company would be significant.

But a spokeswoman for the company said such costs had not been quantified, and there were no plans as yet to instigate a force majeure.

BMA president Steve Dumble said while support for the company's offer had increased from 7.8% to 17%, the company was disappointed by the result.

"Our wages offer is a very strong one, particularly in the context of current economic uncertainty," Mr Dumble said.

"Guaranteed 5% increases across each of three years for wage levels that are already twice the national average will be difficult to continue to maintain given prices for our products have fallen by 30% in the period between the two ballots."

 

Dark times

Union members vote down second ballot to accept BMA's offer

Rolling seven-day strikes at seven Central Queensland coal mines could start late next week

The company is disappointed by the result

Topics:  cfmeu coal mine strikes union workers



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

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.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

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.

Rocky serial thief loses kids, goes on drug binge to cope

DAD'S ON METH: A Rockhampton dad has lost custody of his kids.

Crime spree proves final straw for serial offender

Undercover cops catch out Yeppoon drug supplier

Man caught out after supplying meth to undercover police

Police reveal identity of violent Rocky prisoners on the run

IDENTITIES of two violent prisoners that have escaped revealed.

Local Partners

Resilient recovery recipes for Yeppoon

The cook book created for disaster situations to help with preparing food and cooking without power and limited pantry resources.


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

No horsing around in wild west spectacular

The Rooftop Express Wild West Show is expected to thrill audiences at the Rockhampton Heritage Festival, with a show produced specially for the Beef Capital.

Beef Capital to be wowed by Rooftop Express at Heritage Festival

Musical favourite hits the Rockhampton stage

STEPPING UP: The new kid Ren, played by Joseph Lewis with the town folk (from left) Ben Childes, Jack Kelly, Patrick Reddy, Mackenzie Ralphs and Nicholas Marxsen. Footloose will hit the Pilbeam Theatre Stage Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27.

The Cathedral College gets 'Footloose'

ACROSS THE REGION: Your weekend of events in CQ

STAGE: The Cathedral College presents Footloose at the Pilbeam Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

Find out what's happening across CQ right here.

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

No horsing around in wild west spectacular

The Rooftop Express Wild West Show is expected to thrill audiences at the Rockhampton Heritage Festival, with a show produced specially for the Beef Capital.

Beef Capital to be wowed by Rooftop Express at Heritage Festival

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Deluge brings massive price rise for property near Rocky

BIG BUY: The Howard family handed over Yaamba's historic Balmoral property to the Harvey family on Thursday.

DOWNPOUR'S perfect timing entices buyer to pay huge dollars.

Timeless classic that will cause a 'feeding frenzy'

10 Dagmar St, The Range is complete in from its colonial style to front yard.

1920s Colonial home perfect for large families

Investor travels 1500km to bid for bargain Rocky homes

McGrath Property Agents Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Principal Todd Brandon.

Competitive bidding at in-house auction of deceased estate

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!