Glencore ballot results
RESULTS of a ballot by Glencore for a proposed new Enterprise Agreement in the long-running dispute between the mining company and employees are expected today, days after a Fair Work commissioner handed down stern orders against Glencore and its actions towards 190 men who have been locked out at the site for more than 110 days.
Queensland district vice-president of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Mining and Energy Division Chris Brodsky said he was expecting a “100% no vote” to be returned in this week’s three-day ballot, which proposed a new EA – with a two per cent pay rise – but “which is less in conditions and entitlements than the first one”.
Mr Brodsky – who has doubts over the ability of the ballot to end the dispute – said, however, he was “definitely happy” with the outcome of the hearing during the week in which Commissioner Ingrid Asbury ordered Glencore to stop surveillance of locked-out workers in their private lives and subsequent disciplinary action.
Mr Brodsky said the spying on employees by Glencore had been happening “in town, in Mackay, wherever the blokes were going home” and video cameras and high-powered lenses on digital cameras had been used.
“They were trying to get the blokes doing something wrong and then sack them with it,” he said.
Glencore was also ordered to lift its ban on workers wearing union shirts. A spokesperson for the mining company said they were “disappointed” by the commissioner’s decision and will review the ruling.
Twenty-one Oaky North workers were also criticised for their alleged “appalling” behaviour at the picket line by Ms Asbury.
A further conciliation date with the commissioner has been set for November 6.