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.