Coal strike on hold

Industrial action has been suspended at the Collinsville coal mine as workers meet with management.

Industrial action has been suspended at the Collinsville coal mine as workers meet with management.

For more than a fortnight, striking workers have blocked trains entering and leaving the Queensland open cut mine, over disputes regarding pay and working conditions.

The miners earlier vowed to strike through Friday despite operator Thiess agreeing to meet to negotiate.

Delegates from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) are meeting with Thiess today.

CFMEU spokesperson Steve Smyth said hopes are for a positive outcome.

“We just hope that Thiess honour their commitment to get back to the table, be meaningful, because our guys are going to do that,” Smyth said.

They are going to turn up to work and they are going to return to work as normal if negotiations work out, he added.

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