A 55-year-old man from Queensland has been confirmed as Australia`s first case of black lungs from an open coal mine. Company agreements are collective agreements concluded at company level between employers and employees on working and employment conditions. The Fair Work Commission can provide information on the process of establishing company agreements and evaluate and approve agreements. We can also look at disputes that arise over the terms of the agreements. The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) has issued final approval for Carbine Resources` Mount Morgan gold-lighting project, southwest of Rockhampton. Workers are recently voting on a third version of a new deal, so Glencore has returned to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the current company agreement. “The CFMEU is calling on Glencore to withdraw its request to terminate the agreement, end the lockout and return to the negotiating table to negotiate a new corporate agreement in good faith.” “After making some progress through mediation, instead of continuing on this path, they asked for the denunciation of the existing agreement. With the 20th case of black lung confirmed in Australia since reports that the disease reappeared two years ago, has the Queensland government taken any additional protective measures for minors, but is that enough? If the contract is terminated, coal workers will be at the Black Coal Industry Award. “The Oaky North miners were excluded from their workplace by Glencore for more than 200 days, and now the company is trying to abuse the labour relations system by demanding the termination of the existing agreement.” Up to 90 workers are being mined at Anglo American`s German Creek coal mine following a series of labour disputes and failures in EBA negotiations. Workers were excluded from the mine for 200 days in response to a strike the miners had 10 days before the lockout, and now the miners are going to the Fair Work Commission to denounce the existing agreement, in place since 2012. “On January 10, in the presence of Fair Work Commission Vice President Asbury, CFMEU national, government and local leaders reached an agreement in principle with Glencore on a new North Oaky company agreement,” the spokesman said. Mining giant Glencore wants to tear up its current company deal with Oaky North workers after voting to reject the company`s latest enterprise contract offer. In November 2000, BHP Thiess awarded an additional two-year contract (after five years as a mine operator) for the entire mining operation.
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