Coal miners lose Griffin pay dispute

After months of ongoing industrial action Griffin Coal maintenance workers have lost their pay dispute.

The dispute began in June – after a series of failed enterprise bargaining agreements – and saw maintenance workers reverted back to the existing Black Coal Mining Industry Award (2010), which was set to result in a 43 per cent pay cut and loss of entitlements and conditions.

Workers then carried out a series of strikes in order to push for renegotiations.

A decision was then made to halt wages reverting back to the award, however workers were unable to renegotiate a new EBA, and have had their pay cut.

However, the workers have not lost entirely, after the Griffin decided to reduce their pay by only 19 per cent, instead of the planned 43 per cent.

Workers will now earn $113,000 a year, a step down from the $139,000 they previously received, according to The West.

Griffin Coal’s owner, Lanco, has agreed to voluntarily pay 40 per cent more than the award for the next six months as EBA negotiations continue.

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