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Operations Services Maintenance Agreement Update 3 - 17 February 2021

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. 

21 January 2021

Operations Services Maintenance Agreement Update 2
 

Today we met with representatives from the CFMMEU, AMWU, ETU and AWU to continue discussions about 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.
 
The CFMMEU – Mining and Energy Qld District tabled an extensive list of more than 90 proposals, including that the Agreement be limited to cover Queensland based employees only. 

The AMWU QLD division tabled 14 proposals for consideration, including a proposal for three separate agreements covering employees in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia respectively. 

The proposals include a number of items, which at first glance would significantly increase OS costs. A full list of the proposals presented will be available shortly via the Record of Meeting. 
 
The AWU, ETU and AMWU WA division did not present any proposals during today’s meeting. 

OS will consider the union proposals through a lens of simplicity, flexibility and choice and ensuring we remain cost competitive. The next meeting has been scheduled for 17 February 2021. 

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on our proposed Agreements. There are a number of items that we are carefully considering and exploring further and look forward to reporting back to our teams via our online information hub at www.bhp.com/OS-EA.

Please check the online information hub for all the latest Agreements updates, including today’s Record of Meeting.

 
18 December 2020

Operations Services Maintenance Agreement Update 1
 

On 8 December 2020 we shared our proposed Operations Services Maintenance Agreement and asked you for feedback or questions about the proposed Agreement. Since this time, we’ve had 21 feedback forms with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions regarding the proposed Agreement. We have received feedback on areas including:
 

  • Leave entitlements
  • Flights and accommodation
  • Superannuation
  • Working arrangements for Christmas / Boxing Day
  • Allowances
  • Accident Pay
  • Salaries / bonus
  • Salary sacrifice options

Yesterday we met with representatives from the CFMMEU, AMWU, ETU and AWU. Prior to the meeting, the CFMMEU and AMWU and ETU undertook in writing to provide us with their proposals by 17 December (yesterday).
 
During the meeting, we shared 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.
 
Disappointingly, the unions were not prepared to meaningfully engage with us in the meeting.  Despite us arranging the meeting they requested, they were not ready to discuss the content of the Agreement nor present any proposals during the meeting.
 
OS is listening and we continue to seek your feedback on our proposed Agreement. We will continue to consider your feedback in line with our objectives for our Agreement. Please continue to provide feedback to your line leader, or via our online information hub at www.bhp.com/OS-EA.
 



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