Griffin coal tradies may strike

 Tradesman at Griffin Coal may strike next month following stalled pay negotiations.

Fair Work Australia has reportedly already given the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) approval to carry out industrial action, according to the Collie Mail.

AMWU secretary Steve McCartney explained that the tradies not received a pay raise in over two years.

Officials visited the mine this week to collect ballots for the vote to strike.

Once all the ballots have been collected the union has to give three days notice before taking action.

McCartney stated that the unions had tried to reach an outcome previously with Griffin, but have no faith in the company.

Talks began more than a month ago, but no agreements have been reached.

They need to look at the direction they are taking and start negotiating in good faith,” McCartney said.

However Griffin CEO Russell Conley refuted this, saying the miner had been negotiating in good faith with the union to create a new enterprise agreement, but a 10% pay increase was demanded by the unions before negotiations could begin, and an additional 5% increase once the agreement began.

He went on to say these tradies are amongst the highest paid in the State, adding that the union needs to take into account the fact that the mine had been in administration for more than a year and is still recovering.

"While we (Griffin) are trying to expand the operation and secure jobs for all existing employees and create an additional 1000 jobs, the AMWU are threatening industrial action, claiming the company will not agree to a substantial pay increase," Conley told Collie Mail.

"They are not bargaining in good faith — it is absolutely untrue."


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