Six CQ mines set to strike
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says BHP Billiton workers want to go ahead with strikes next week at six mines in Queensland's Bowen Basin.
ABC Radio reports that more than 3,000 mine workers are expected to stop work for three days next week.
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance says the action is unnecessary and causes distress to employees and their families.
CFMEU spokesman Steve Pierce says the company's offer of a 5 per cent annual pay rise and a $5,000 sign-on bonus is unacceptable.
"BHP's offer is conditional - the $5,000 is conditional on the employees not accessing protected industrial action," he said.
"Secondly, the 5 [per cent] is conditional upon accepting the company's log of claims."