Medical Examinations Lead To Industrial Action

Article from: AAP

THREE hundred workers at a central Queensland coal mine will walk off the job tomorrow morning after enterprise bargaining negotiations (EBA) with mine management broke down.

Workers from Anglo Coal’s Dawson mine near Moura will stop work for four hours from 7am (AEST) tomorrow over proposed changes to the mine’s EBA.

Construction, Forestry, Mines and Energy Union (CFMEU) vice president Stuart Vaccaneo said permanent employees at the mine, including electricians and production workers would take part in the strike.

According to Mr Vaccaneo, a key element of the dispute is Anglo Coal’s efforts to require staff to submit to medical examinations at any time, rather than at five-year intervals.

“The company are seeking to remove rights which currently exist and we are certainly seeking to protect those award provisions,” he said.

An Anglo Coal spokeswoman said the company would continue negotiating the EBA with the workers.

“Anglo Coal is intending to continue to work cooperatively with our employees and their union to achieve a satisfactory resolution and we don’t intend to negotiate the agreement with our employees through the media,” she said.

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