Progress in BMA battle

Apparent progress has been made in the continuing industrial action between BHP Billiton's BMA and mining unions.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union now say that negotiations between it and BMA joint venture owner BHP Billiton have moved forward, according to the ABC.

It comes a week after workers returned to work following seven days of rolling stoppages, and approximately 18 months of continuing industrial action over enterprise agreements across the Queensland coal mines.

CFMEU district president Steve Smyth said the last two days of meetings had been positive.

"If we continue to make what I hope is progress, on the back of the last two days, next week, then maybe the other outstanding matters can also be discussed the same manner," Smyth said.

"But obviously the ball's in BHP's court on how far they actually want to move on these things."

Negotiations will continue next week.

 

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