190 mine workers locked out without pay

A message for workers who haven't been locked out
A message for workers who haven't been locked out Campbell Gellie

ABOUT 190 mine workers have been locked out of the Oaky North coal mine, near Tieri in central Queensland, for 14 days without pay amid accusations of "bully-boy tactics from the 1970s''.

Glencore and the CFMEU are showing no signs of backing down in the dispute, which will reach 57 days by the end of the current lockout.

Contract workers have been moved into the mine and the union is claiming the dispute has become more about casualising the workforce, an issue that has spread through the industry in Queensland as companies attempt to cut costs and break union influence.

CFMEU general secretary Andrew Vickers said the workers were in no mood to back down despite the financial impact of the lockout.

The union also pointed to the huge profits being made by companies such as Glencore and BHP as the industry recovers from the downturn.

Mr Vickers said the union had offered to roll over the existing enterprise bargain- ing agreement for two years, but had been rejected.

He said he could not see a resolution unless someone backed down and it would not be the union that did.

He said Glencore was not showing any signs of retreating and it was possible the dispute could run for months.

Glencore said it wanted a workplace where manage- ment and employees had an open and constructive and collaborative relationship.

"In resorting to 1970s bully-boy tactics, the CFMEU has challenged this at every step,'' it said.

"Our proposed enterprise agreement maintains employees' attractive remuneration and heavily subsidised accommodation, as well as their right to representation during disputes or formal consultation and access to a support person during discipline discussions.

"The CFMEU continues to ignore each of these facts."

Topics:  bowen basin glencore industry mackay business mining oaky north tieri

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