Union backs BHP worker demands

Union delegates have endorsed a range of improvements they plan to negotiate with BHP over the coming year.

BHP Billiton union delegates have endorsed a range of improvements they plan to negotiate with the company over the coming year.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has flagged significant wage increases; a model job security clause; improved housing support; and a demand that the company invests more into the industry’s long-term future through increased funding for carbon capture and storage projects.

The endorsements have come after meetings of BHP delegates representing 5,000 workers that were held after BHP Marius Kloppers’ annual salary increased 51% to US$10.39 million.

As MINING DAILY reported last week, CFMEU president Tony Maher said workers were outraged at the massive pay increase for Kloppers after BHP had cut thousands of jobs in the last year.

“What is clear to our union is that the company has no respect for wage restraint at an executive level, so any call for restraint from the workers can be expected to be met with contempt,” he said.

Maher said that BHP needs to do more not only for its workers, but also for areas affected by its operations.

“BHP needs to do much more for the communities in which its operations are based,” he said.

“These communities deserve a lot better than they are getting and we will take that issue to the people in our campaigns.”

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