Coal strike comes to an end

The two year Collinsville coal mine saga has come to an end with workers voting for a new agreement

The two year Collinsville coal mine saga has come to an end with workers voting for a new agreement.

The dispute between workers at the Queensland open cut mine and contractor Thiess came to a boiling point with a three week strike and blockade of the mine’s rail lines in August.

However, following extended negotiations and a secret ballot, the miners agreed to a range of new changes which included better accommodation packages for local employees and increased job security.

The agreement could act as a precedent for other miners, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union spokesperson Steve Smyth said.

"I wouldn’t like to think that’s going to be the outcome, but it’s possible that we could have the same type of action in other mines as well," he said.

However, he voiced his disappointment that it required a blockade of the site to finally reach a level for discussions.

Thiess said that the new agreements still need to passed by Fair Work Australia.

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