Progress in BHP strikes

The final day of stop work meetings between the miner’s union and BHP Billiton have ended on a “progressive” note.

"It’s been made clear that both sides want to talk, and that is good for everyone involved," Steve Smyth, Queensland president of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), told Reuters.

"Today’s discussions were progressive."

The strikes which were the first in a decade at the company started last week, with workers calling for better job security, wage increases and rostering involvement.

About 3500 union workers employed at the affected mines are union members, less than half the total workforce.

Six collieries operated by BHP Billiton in the Bowen Basin were affected.

Smyth said Monday’s discussions were focused on how equipment at the mines is handled by union staff.

Issues to be discussed today will include the use of non-union workers and wages.

Image: Herald Sun

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