Glencore says enterprise agreements reached at all Hunter mine sites

Mount Owen mineAFTER six months of industrial action and negotiations, coal company Glencore and the mine workers’ union have settled their differences and signed off on a string of Hunter mine enterprise agreements.

A spokesperson for Glencore said each of the company’scoal sites in the Hunter Valley has now reached agreement with its workforce in relation to a new enterprise agreement.

The workplaces to reach agreement wereMangoola open cut, Ravensworth open cut, Ravensworth coal handling and preparation plant, Mount Owen coal handling plant, Glendell open cut, Liddell open cut, Liddell coal plant, Bulga open cut and Bulga underground mine.

Each of the agreements was being registered with the Fair Work Commission.

“Overall, the workforce at 13 different Glencore coal sites in NSW and Queensland have now voted in favour of new enterprise agreementsthis year,” the spokesperson said.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union began an industrial campaign in June that included a series of rolling 48-hour strikes involving more than 1400 of its Hunter region members.

Glencore strikes begin

At a Singleton mass meeting, Mr Jordan said: “It’s about us as coalminers, standing up collectively, and fighting a principled stand.”

One Glencore site not to have signed an agreement is theunderground mineOaky North in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The union says negotiations have been under way since 2015. It took strike action in May and Glencore responded in early June by “locking out” about 190 of the union’s members.

Union president Tony Maher said Glencore was behaving “like an out of control dictator”.

“It makes mega profits from n coal operations and use offshore tax havens to avoid paying tax in ,” Mr Maher said. “Glencore clearly aims to bypass the industrial relations system in the same way it does with paying tax.”

Glencore said the union’s Oaky North claims were “misleading”.

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