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Another lockout for Port Kembla Coal Terminal workers - Report

Coal News - Published on Tue, 19 Feb 2019

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Illawarra Mercury reported that the Port Kembla Coal Terminal has locked out its workers for the fourth time in five weeks. The workers were due to be back on the job on Monday morning after a four-day strike. However, on Sunday night the PKCT notified workers they were locked out for the following nine days – until February 27. Due to a combination of earlier lockouts and strike action, when this latest lockout period ends, workers would not have turned up for a shift for 38 days.

A PKCT spokeswoman said that the lockout was “to ensure it is able to meet its contractual obligations with its customers”.

The spokeswoman repeated the company’s offer to the CFMMEU of a two-week moratorium on industrial action “to enable negotiations to recommence in an environment where there isn’t the threat of industrial action”.

The spokeswoman said that “PKCT has concern for its employees and their families and it absolutely does not underestimate the impact that the industrial action is having on them which is why the company is offering a two-week moratorium on industrial action so everybody can get back to work.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Feb 2019
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