Today we met with representatives from the CFMMEU, AMWU, ETU and AWU, together with a number of Employee Bargaining Representatives, to continue discussions on making the Operations Services Maintenance Agreement.
During the meeting, we reiterated that OS is working and we are seeking a simple, safety net agreement for our maintenance team members working on BHP’s operational sites across Australia. Our objectives are to make an Agreement that provides flexibility and choice for our team members, enabling OS to remain cost competitive and continue to grow.
Having thoroughly considered the proposals received at and since last meeting on 21 January, OS was in a position to provide our responses to those today. As the vast majority of proposals were inconsistent with our objectives for the Agreement, and in many cases would significantly increase our costs, we are unable to accept many of the proposals put forward.
OS has agreed to make changes to the Agreement with respect to our current drafting of four clauses, including updating provisions for meal breaks and the minimum break time between shifts, as well as clarifying details of annual leave and compassionate leave payments being at an Employee’s Annual Salary Rate.
Further proposals have been provided by the CFMMEU and AWU. OS will endeavour to respond to these proposals at our next meeting which is scheduled for 10 March 2021.
Please check the online information hub (www.bhp.com/OS-EA) for all the latest Agreement updates, including today’s Record of Meeting which will contain the full list of proposals received and our responses to date.