Pilbara juniors win rail fight

Pilbara juniors now have the right to negotiate access to the majors’ rail lines.

A group of junior miners have won the right to bargain collectively for access to private rail lines and track services in the Pilbara.

The North West Iron Ore Alliance (NWIA) on behalf of its members had already won conditional approval for the collective negotiation last month.

However, this new decision by the ACCC now allows all companies, not just those in the Alliance, to negotiate the price, terms and conditions of rail access with track owners BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto or Fortescue Metals through the Alliance.

The potential impacts of the competitive arrangement will be monitored by the ACCC.

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