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Threat to Queensland fuel supply averted

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Caltex Australia said today the threat to fuel supplies for Queensland from proposed industrial action by production operators at the company's Lytton refinery in Brisbane has been averted following agreement by the operators to lift the threat of industrial action.

At a hearing in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in Brisbane today before Commissioner Dave Hoffman, the operators' union, the Australian Workers Union, gave undertakings to withdraw the notice to take industrial action that would have reduced fuel production at the refinery to minimum rates from tomorrow.

Caltex and the union agreed to resume negotiations on a new certified agreement on pay and conditions for the operators and report back to the Commission on Monday.

Caltex had applied to the Commission to undertake conciliation and, if necessary, terminate the bargaining period for a certified agreement with the operators in response to the proposed industrial action, which would have led to fuel shortages.

"Caltex is pleased we will now resume negotiations with our employees without the threat of industrial action," said Lytton refinery manager Andrew Brewer.

At all times Caltex will continue to ensure that the refinery is operated safely and will pose no risk to the community.

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