BMA workers plan more strikes

 Workers at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) coal mines have planned more industrial action after last week rejecting the miner’s employment contract offer.

This strike is the latest in a long running series of industrial action which has seen work stoppages over the last nine months, Reuters reports.

The strikes this week come as more than 90% of union workers voted against the BMA offer, forcing the miner to revise its proposal which will be put to a vote again before year’s end.

"The agreement was voted down, in line with the history of first votes. The result has not changed BMA’s resolve to reach an agreement that meets the needs of the business and its employees as quickly as possible," a BHP spokesperson stated.

The latest offer included a 5 per cent year-on-year pay rise for three years, a $15,000 bonus and other benefits.

According to Reuters, CFMEU mining and energy president Steve Smyth said the union and BMA are "still miles apart" on what the employment agreements should contain.

 

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