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Glencore critical of locked out Oaky North miners

Mining News - Published on Tue, 13 Feb 2018

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Daily Mercury reported that mining company Glencore has unleashed on CFMEU members after eight of them traveled to Canberra and told politicians how hard it is being locked out of their mine for more than 200 days. The Oaky North miners' stories garnered support from National Party politicians, and resulted in Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen calling on Glencore to stop the rolling lockouts.

In response, a Glencore spokesperson said the lodge members were not victims.

The company statement, which would have been approved by management, said the union was using the Fair Work Act to justify a national campaign and using 'bully boy tactics' against the 245 people who continued to work at Oaky North mine.

The statement read that "On 10 January 2018, these CFMEU members shook hands with us on a new enterprise agreement in front of a Fair Work Commission Deputy President which could have ended the lockout weeks ago." The statement said that "The CFMEU members at Oaky North then walked away from this handshake deal and a return to work by voting against the agreement."

The statement goes on to say that instead of returning to work, the miners decided to stay at the picket line: "They have continued to accept public donations for members who are receiving more than USD 1600 per week from the union as well as collecting an approximate average of USD 300 per week in coal bonuses from Oaky North for work done by those being abused as they travel to and from work".

Mr Chris Brodsky district vice president of CFMEU said that he was disappointed the weekly payments to workers by the union had been made public. Mr Brodsky said that "It is fundamentally wrong, it's inappropriate to ask people what they get paid and this is no different."

Mr Brodsky said that "We don't shy away from the fact that we support our members but it is inappropriate to talk about what people are paid."

Mr Brodsky did say he was happy to secure support from National party politicians.

Mr Brodsky said all it took was eight of the 175 locked out workers to travel to Canberra and tell their stories, to Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Dawson MP George Christensen, Flynn MP Ken O'Down, Senator Matt Canavan and Minister for the Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy.

Mr Brodsky said that "It was all about getting down to Canberra and telling the story of what is going on with people's lives, men with wives, kids and communities."

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Tue, 13 Feb 2018
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