Glen­core bal­lot re­sults

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

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.

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