Nov 28, 2019

Union pushes ‘no’ vote on Mount Isa Mines EBA

Union pushes ‘no’ vote on  Mount Isa Mines EBA

The Australian Workers’ Union is fighting a proposed workplace agreement at Mount Isa Mines, saying it fails to lock in one single pay rise.

The union says Glencore’s proposed EBA fails to take action on a number of key issues and will see workers miss out on a guaranteed pay rise for the life of the agreement.

Negotiations have been taking place over the past year on the agreement, which goes to the vote from this Saturday.

Glencore Copper Assets Australia chief operating officer Matt O’Neill said the company was committed to finalising a new enterprise agreement for Mount Isa Mines workers.

“The proposed new agreement retains all of the key existing benefits for employees, bonuses will increase under the new agreement and wages will be reviewed each year taking into consideration market conditions, commodity pricing and operational performance,” Mr O’Neill said.

Mr O’Neill also said that as part of discussions with workforce representatives, the proposed new agreement included further protections around classification changes, pay for higher duties, better consultation and clear timeframes for dispute resolution.

But AWU Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker describes the proposed agreement as ‘a real kick in the teeth for local workers’.

“We’re making it clear to all our members: until Glencore come back to the table with a decent offer that locks in a pay rise, they should be giving this EBA the treatment it deserves by voting it down,” he said.

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