BMA negotiations make progress on roster

After another round of negotiations between mining unions and BMA some progress has been made on rosters.

Rostering has been one of the main sticking points in more than a year of constant negotiations.

This latest step came after more antagonism arose from both sides following strikes and accusations of secret plans to restart the currently shut down Norwich Park coal mine.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union accused BMA of trying to de-unionise its coal mine workforce.

Last month the miner was accused of formulating a secret plan to restart the Norwich Park coal mine with a de-unionised workforce.

At the time the CFMEU said it had obtained a document that indicated BMA had a five year plan to restart operations at Norwich Park with different employees.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said BMA needed to "come clean" on its plan for the mine and its staff.

"Workers already held fears that BHP's decision to close Norwich Park may not have been purely for the operational reasons the company cited," he said.

"Having a document turn up apparently showing BHP has a five-year plan to employ new workers at a mine that is supposed to be closed does nothing to allay these fears."

BHP was unavailable for comment but told reporters there was no plan to reopen Norwich Park.

Now the two have made progress, according to The Morning Bulletin.

Sources from both sides have reportedly said that the rostering issue is now being properly addressed.

BMA previously said it was not seeking a week on, week off roster, instead looking for more flexibility fore those drive in drive out workers compared to those fly in fly out workers.

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