Rag Udd, president of BMA Asset, said BMA is focused on providing cost-effectiveness and improved safe productivity and is looking for a simplified agreement to achieve this. “BHP has tried to remove or reduce many of the terms of the 2012 agreement by addressing workplace representation, the ability to pursue litigation, accommodation costs, bonuses, wages and job security.” BHP first attempted to enter into two separate company agreements with different terms. We believe that this approach was simply intended to undermine the ability of these workers to maintain a level playing field. “This is a good result for our members and we are delighted that the replacement agreement involves an improvement in job security while maintaining the terms of the previous agreement. The mining union says the recent company agreement (EA) for BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) workers in The Bowen Basin, Queensland, would have been rejected if coal prices had been higher. “It`s not as good as what we wanted to accomplish, and if prices had stayed where they were, when the negotiation process started, we would have had a better result and we wouldn`t have had 40% rejection of the deal. The CFMEU requested a 7-day extension to allow the union to make a counter-proposal in the hope of an agreement. The union reached an agreement with BHP that effectively provided for a transfer of the 2012 agreement, with improvements in job security and dismissal. The new agreement also provides for annual increases of 2%.
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has secured an agreement from the Fair Work Commission on its controversial company agreements for interim daughter Operations Services (OS). Under the agreement, workers will benefit from a 15% wage increase over the next three years, more flexibility in rosters and will benefit from additional safety rules. “The current agreement was concluded in a market environment with significantly higher prices and margins. This was a long and expensive process that should not be repeated. The agreements that apply to the production and maintenance roles have, however, obtained the agreement of Fair Work. . . .