WA coal workers near agreement

The CFMEU says it’s close to reaching an agreement on pay and conditions for WA coal workers after previously threatening to strike over the issue.

Earlier this year Griffin Coal workers threatened to down tools over plans to introduce 12.5-hour shifts and ‘hot-seating’ on equipment.

Hot-seat changeovers are not uncommon in the mining industry, where equipment downtime is limited and production stoppages prevented.

The Collie Mail reports while 12-hour shifts are still on the table a new four-hour ‘nanny shift,’ designed to be more flexible and family friendly, has also been proposed.

The CFMEU told the Collie Mail it was now arguing over “less than one percent” of the work agreement and it expected a deal by the end of the week.

In the QLD coal industry negotiations between the CFMEU and BMA remain in a bitter stalemate.

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