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Industrial action at Anglo American coal mine on the horizon

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Industrial action at the Dawson coal mine by the CFMEU is likely as it refuses to support Anglo American’s enterprise agreements.

Two three year deals which outlined no pay rise in the first 12 months of the agreements have been rejected by the CFMEU, according to the Gladstone Observer.

It comes only months after Anglo announced it was cutting around 200 contractor positions from the mine, blaming the move on sliding coal prices.

"The continuing low coal prices have placed considerable pressure on the profitability of the Dawson operation so we will be implementing some necessary changes to address the current financial state of the operation and improve productivity," Dawson’s general manager Adrian Puna said at the time.

Since that time Anglo American has been attempting to implement new enterprise bargaining agreements with its Dawson workforce, which still remains one of Queensland’s largest for a single operation, the Gladstone Observer states.

CFMEU Stephen Smyth blasted the current state of mining worker negotiations in Queensland, stating that "If they think they can get away with it, you are going back to the contract days where you turn up and they decide whether you work”.

Anglo American were unavailable for comment at the time of publishing.

However it is not the only coal mine facing industrial issues in QLD.

Glencore is going head to head with unions in Collinsville over hiring after the mine reopened.

Unions have vowed to fight miner, stating that only four locals have been rehired at the mine, despite Glencore promises

Glencore has slammed the claims, stating the majority of workers rehired are local ex workers.

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