BMA and unions finish talks

The CFMEU and BMA have reached an end to their mediation sessions.

The two groups initially announced they were entering into the sessions in early July.

For close to two years the CFMEU and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance have failed to reach a middle ground in the enterprise agreements for workers at BMA coal mines across the Bowen Basin.

At the time the CFMEU stated that "given the importance in resolving this long-standing issue and in preserving the integrity of the process BMA and the unions have agreed that they will not be making any public comment until mediation has concluded.

"Both sides acknowledge that the success of the mediation will rely on confidential, good faith discussion to which all have given their full commitment," it added.

Now that these sessions have ended the "outcomes of the completed mediation processes will be reported to rank and file delegates followed by mass meetings as soon as practicable," the CFMEU stated.

The two groups are aiming to finish their internal meetings by the end of the month.

Neither will be making a public comment on the mediation's decisions until a final miner vote has been carried out.

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