Union hopes for 'positive talks'

THE Single Bargaining Unit is hoping for a “positive attitude” from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) when they meet for negotiations next week.

Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers and the Electrical Trade Union joined to form the SBU, and have held a series of stop work meetings to show BMA they are serious about their job security concerns.

Workers will meet in Moranbah this afternoon to be updated about the progress of the enterprise agreement negotiations which have been going on since December.

Workers from the Blackwater and Gregory Crinum mines have held a series of stop-work meetings across the Bowen Basin last week.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smith said the meeting would give representatives a chance to update and hear from the workers ahead of negotiation meetings to be held in Rockhampton on Monday and Tuesday.

“We are hoping that they (BMA) actually want to move forward so we can get some meaningful talks and get some action.”

He said after negotiations it was up to the workers to decide the next action.

“We'll undertake those two days then report back to the vendors at their own time,” Mr Smith said.



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