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Resources multinational scraps labour hire deal

BHP mine worker
Mine worker

A mining giant returned its new outsourcing agreement to the drawing board.

BHP recently withdrew its bid to approve a new enterprise agreement covering some labour hire workers.

“BHP’s legal team informed the Fair Work Commission they would withdraw their application,” the Mining and Energy Union (MEU) said on its website.

“MEU had challenged the agreement on the grounds it was not properly explained, including BHP’s proposed regional hub set-up.”

The decision means Operations Services (OS) employees are one step closer to receiving better entitlements in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.

“It is great that BHP has dropped this flawed OS maintenance agreement, which offers substandard conditions and was not adequately explained to workers,” MEU Queensland vice president Mitch Hughes said.

“Now OS maintenance workers will have the opportunity to push BHP even further towards Same Job Same Pay.”

The remarks came months after the proponent offered a $5000 sign-on bonus, 4 per cent pay rise, paid flights, accident pay and greater certainty over job location.

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