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Lockout Averted at Boggabri Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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NVI reported that majority of workers at a meeting at Gunnedah Town Hall on Monday voted for the negotiated agreement put forward by the CFMEU. Staff will return to work sooner than the original lockout period of nine days, and the union and Idemitsu would enter into a three week cooling off period that extends until Sunday, December 15. Boggabri Coal COO Mr Steve Kovac confirmed the agreement via an email to CFMEU district president Mr Peter Jordan during the meeting. He wrote "During the cooling-off period there will be no industrial action by either party including lockouts, strikes or other types of action on site eg picket lines, bans on specific work etc.”

During this time, representatives from both parties, including Mr Jordan and Mr Kovac, will meet to continue discussions about Idemitsu's proposed new enterprise agreement.

Idemitsu put the lockout in place after 88 per cent of workers voted 'no' to this proposal, because they were concerned about:
Pay rates that were $30,000 to $40,000 a year lower than permanent rates in Hunter Valley coal mines, with unfair bonus structures.
No provisions to support skills training for workers.
No access to arbitration by the Fair Work Commission for dispute resolution by an independent umpire.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 26 Nov 2019
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