BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has received a nod of approval from the Fair Work Commission for its contested enterprise agreements for the labour hire subsidiary, Operations Services (OS).
BMA has received criticism from the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), who held concerns around OS employees’ unfair wages.
According to CFMEU, BMA has deceptively advertised OS roles as BHP roles, but employees were being paid 40 per cent less than their BHP counterparts while completing similar tasks across the company’s coal mines in the Bowen Basin, Queensland.
The agreements, which are for production and maintenance roles, have, however, received Fair Work’s endorsement.
BMA said with this approval, OS employees would benefit from a higher safety net of terms and conditions than what would apply in relevant industry awards, as well as their existing terms and conditions in the contracts of employment.
“OS has already delivered stability to our workforces around the country, with over 1500 people now enjoying the security of permanent employment,” a BMA spokesperson said.
“However, our focus is not on this decision, it is on finding and then developing our great people who are delivering real results through their permanent employment with OS.
“OS is delivering stability and sustainability that’s good for our people, good for the communities where we work and good for BHP as a whole.”