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Appin supervisors take action as BHP refuses to listen

APESMA Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

Nov 11, 2012 — After months trying to negotiate an enterprise agreement and with BHP still refusing to budge on bringing salaries up to NSW standards, mining supervisors at Appin Mine will take 14 days of protected industrial action, commencing Friday 16 November 2012.

“No-one takes the decision to go on a two-week strike lightly. These mining supervisors have never taken industrial action before. They have been trying to negotiate for five months, so they are extremely frustrated and upset that BHP is still not listening,” said Catherine Bolger director of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA).

As a result of the protracted negotiations, 98 per cent of Appin mining supervisors voted to support protected action two weeks ago, however they continued to negotiate with BHP in the hope of reaching agreement and avoid any need for action.

“This decision to take action should prompt BHP to reflect on the way it is treating its employees.

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