BMA EA ballot results released today

The result of an enterprise bargaining agreement ballot held last week over BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance mines in the Bowen Basin will be released today.

Online- and attendance-based voting concerning the EBA covering workers at five Bowen Basin sites finished last Friday.

CFMEU district president Steve Smyth  said that he does not know which way members of the Single Bargaining Unit (comprising the CFMEU, Electrical Trades Union and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) would vote.

"It's in the hands … of the members to make that decision and make it based on the facts that are provided," he told the ABC last week.

"I don't really know to be honest – I haven't got a feeling either way.

This is just the latest development for the long running industrial dispute, which has lasted 23 months, and seen the closure of two mines, as well as the dumping of proposed coal projects.

The strikes are also believed to be behind BHP's recent decision to nix any new greenfield developments in Queensland, due to its inability to 'justify the cost' of the new projects.

As reported  last month, the proposed pay rise is 5 per cent a year for three years, also including conditions involving family-friendly working schedules, accommodation and the unions’ role in safety.

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