Dec 07, 2019

Workers vote down Glencore enterprise agreement

Workers vote down Glencore  enterprise agreement

Proposed enterprise agreements for Mount Isa Mines and the Ernest Henry Mine have been voted down by Glencore’s workforce.

The Australian Workers’ Union welcomed the results, saying Glencore’s proposed EBA failed to lock-in a pay rise and also failed to take action on other key issues facing the workforce.

AWU Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker said union members had sent Glencore a clear message that they deserve a better deal.

“Glencore makes $15.8 billion – they can afford to pay their workers a pay rise,” he said.

“Until Glencore gets serious about treating their workers with the respect they deserve, our members will continue to make it clear that this just isn’t good enough.”

The AWU did not provide specific figures, but said about two-thirds of the workforce voted ‘no’.

Glencore Copper Assets Australia chief operating officer Matt O’Neill said the company would again engage with the bargaining representatives and union to establish the next steps.

“The terms and conditions of the current 2015 Mount Isa Mines Enterprise Agreement will remain in effect while the discussions continue,” Mr O’Neill said.

Mr Baker said that the AWU remained willing and ready to negotiate workplace agreements that locked in a fair pay rise and working conditions for AWU members while securing the long-term future of Ernest Henry and Mount Isa Mines.