PKCT board asked to rule out ‘nuclear’ option

Published: 28 Feb 2019

The CFMEU has written to Port Kembla Coal Terminal directors asking them to provide detail on plans to casualise the permanent workforce.

PKCT workers were hit with a further nine-day lockout this week – bringing the tally of days locked out to well over a month.

CFMEU Mining and Energy South West President Bob Timbs has asked the board to shed light on the reason the terminal’s South32 management team is so insistent on removing the current job security clause, that prevents the existing permanent workforce being sacked and replaced by contractors doing the same work.

“As things stand, our members fear that giving up this clause means giving up their permanent jobs. They cannot be expected to hand over a nuclear option when management won't explain how they want to use it.”

PKCT is a consortium of mining companies operating in the region. Board directors are:

Mark Smith, Peabody, Director of Infrastructure (Chair)
Tony Macko, Centennial Coal, General Manager Corporate Affairs
Anthony Pitt, Glencore, Director of Logistics and Procurement
Matthew Reed, Simec Mining, General Manager
Jason Economidis, Illawarra Coal (South 32), Vice President
Sanjay Sharma, Wollongong Coal, Chief Commercial Officer

The Union is hoping for a timely response from PKCT directors.

Read the letter