BMA strikes to restart

While the latest round of work stoppages at BMA coal mines concludes, unions will take further industrial action this week.

The second round of rolling strikes by the Single Bargaining Unit finished yesterday in what the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) described as a peaceful protest, the CQ News reports.

“The protest line was well attended by Norwich Park and Saraji union members and their families,” CFMEU district president Steve Smyth said.

“We had a meeting with those who attended and spoke to them about the current status of the agreement and where to from here.”

The unions claim that BMA is attempting to introduce less family friendly rosters and change the workplace by creating different shifts and increasing the levels of fly in fly out workers.

The miner has just applied for a 100% FIFO workforce at its proposed Caval Ridge coal mine, a move which has seen serious opposition from the local communities.

The SBU rejected BMA offers last week following picketing at the Goonyella coal mine as it claims the miner is failing to listen to their concerns.

Smyth said union members are “frustrated with BMA for dragging their heels”.

“They want certainty which they aren’t getting.”

He explained that the unions “have made progress on some things, just not the big ticket items. We might discuss things like training and development of employees and think we’ve made progress, but when the negotiators go away and write it up, what they bring back to the table doesn’t capture anything we’ve discussed”.

The SBU has applied for further work stoppages next week at all of BMA’s coal mines.

“From Wednesday to Friday we will have six-hour stoppages to allow us to report back to members.”

Unions have carried out rolling work stoppages for a month now.

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