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Operations Services Production Agreement Update 3 - 23 February 2021

Today we met with representatives from the CFMMEU (QLD & NSW) & AWU, as well as a number of Employee Bargaining representatives to continue discussions on making an Operations Services Production Agreement. 

During the meeting, we reaffirmed that OS is working and we are seeking a simple, safety net agreement for our production 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.

Following the last bargaining meeting, the AWU tabled their revised position in regards to scope, such that they are seeking two agreements for Production - one for Coal, and one covering all other mining. One of the Employee Bargaining representatives tabled their proposals in respect of a number of items for the Company’s consideration. 

Based on the proposals that had been received to date from the CFMMEU (NSW & QLD) & AWU, the Company has now had an opportunity to review the proposals, and provided our responses to those during the discussions today. 

As outlined today, many of the proposals that have been put forward do not align with our objective of seeking an agreement that provides flexibility and choice for our team members and puts at risk OS’ ability to remain cost competitive. As such, the Company is not in a position to be able to accept a large portion of the proposals that have been tabled.

Those areas where OS has agreed to make changes are in regards to the following: 

  • Minimum break time between shifts
  • Annual Leave 
  • Personal / Carer’s Leave
  • Compassionate Leave

Details of all the matters discussed today will be provided with the Record of Meeting, which will soon be available in the online information hub. 

The next meeting has been scheduled for 15 March 2021.  

Please check the online information hub (www.bhp.com/OS-EA) for all the latest Agreements updates, including today’s Record of Meeting which will include the full list of proposals received to date and the Company’s responses to these.

Operations Services Production Agreement Update 2 - 9 February 2021

Today we met with representatives from the CFMMEU (QLD & NSW) and the AWU as well as an individual bargaining representative to continue discussions on making a Production agreement. 

During the meeting, we reaffirmed that OS is working and we are seeking a simple, safety net agreement for our production 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.

Prior to the commencement of the bargaining meeting, the CFMMEU - QLD, CFMMEU - NSW and AWU provided extensive lists of proposals for the Company’s consideration. 

The CFMMEU - QLD division seeks an agreement to cover Queensland based Employees only. The CFMMEU - NSW seeks an agreement to cover OS Employees at Mount Arthur Coal Mine only. OS and AWU seek an agreement that covers all our employees across Australia.   

Having only had a brief opportunity to review the significant number of proposals put forward by the unions during the meeting, it is apparent that we are largely apart in our positions at this time. We will consider all the proposals through the lens of simplicity, flexibility and cost competitiveness to ensure that OS can continue to remain market competitive and grow.

The next discussions have been scheduled for 23 February 2021.  

In addition, thank you to everyone who has provided employee feedback as part of this process. There are a number of items raised 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.

 
Operations Services Production Agreement Update 1

On 8 December 2020 we shared our proposed Operations Services Production Agreement and invited you to provide your feedback and questions in relation to this. Since this time, we have received a large number of 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

Some employees have provided feedback seeking representation and asking us to engage with the default union bargaining representatives.

Today we met with representatives from the CFMMEU (QLD & NSW) & AWU.

During the meeting, we shared that OS is working and we are seeking a simple, safety net agreement for our production 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 and ready to discuss the content of the Agreement or present any proposals during the meeting, despite us arranging the meeting at their request. Consequently, we were not able to engage in any meaningful way.

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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