Mining unions to meet with BMA

Queensland mining unions met with the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) this morning to discuss working conditions.

Representatives from the CFMEU, Mine Workers Australia and Communications Electrical Postal Plumbing and Allied Services union met with representatives from BMA at 10am in Brisbane, the Central Queensland News reports.

This meeting comes after negotiations at the coal mines came to a standstill.

Unions have claimed that BMA is attempting to implement an un-family friendly” work roster system at its Queensland mines, similar to those in place in Western Australia.

The union says it is trying to keep the existing work rosters and better job security, claiming that BHP is attempting to introduce a more fly in fly out (FIFO) and drive in drive out (DIDO) on site.

It has voted on whether to strike, and last week won the right to carry out an attendance vote in place of a postal vote.

The ‘Protected Industrial Action’ ballot needs the support of half of its members, 50% of who must vote in favour of the strike if negotiations fail.

BMA have claimed that the unions are trying to reintroduce outdated industrial practices that were “beyond reasonable expectations.”

Negotiations continue.

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