Coal miners down tools after talks break down
Around 3,500 miners at BHP’s central Queensland mines have walked off the job after enterprise bargaining talks broke down last Wednesday.
Workers at seven Bowen Basin mine sites agreed to down tools as negotiations broke down, continuing a 15-month long industrial dispute.
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) spokesman Steve Smyth said that the strike had been prompted by BHP attempting to introduce changes to areas that had already been agreed upon, including a move that would see the worker’s rights to determine shifts revoked.
Workers at BHP’s central Queensland operations have been predominately concerned with quality of accommodation and flexible arrangements.