Boggabri Coal majority owner, Idemitsu Australia Resources, has denied the CFMMEU’s claim that it has proposed fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) arrangements for employees of the New South Wales site.
These arrangements were not being considered or proposed, an Idemitsu’s media statement claimed.
Over 100 Boggabri coal mine workers went on two strikes at the end of last month in a bid to restore fair pay and conditions at the mine, CFMMEU stated.
Working conditions have deteriorated at the coal mine since Idemitsu terminated its labour contract with Downer and moved to direct employment, according to CFMEU Northern Mining and New South Wales Energy president Peter Jordan.
CFMMEU reported Idemitsu had proposed the introduction of 7/7 rosters, which would promote the use of FIFO rather than locally-based workers.
Idemitsu refuted the allegation, stating “Boggabri Coal has been and will continue to be a major local and regional employer.”
“Boggabri Coal management met with workforce representatives earlier this week, negotiating in good faith and proposing a number of improved employee benefits,” the company stated.
“Our understanding is this has not been communicated by the CFMMEU to all its members. On that basis we are surprised the CFMMEU have taken further industrial action.”
Idemitsu stated the CFMMEU should be focused on negotiating with the company to come to an agreement for all Boggabri Coal employees.
The Japanese-owned operator restated its intention to communicate with its workers and their representatives to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
Boggabri Coal mine is in the Gunnedah Basin, New South Wales and employs about 600 employees and contractors.