Port Kembla Coal Terminal workers to strike for seven days after lock out expires

Published: 26 Jan 2019

Port Kembla Coal Terminal workers will strike for seven days from Saturday, after management refused to offer a meaningful job security clause in the new enterprise agreement.

The key sticking point in negotiations is management's refusal to carry over the previous job security clause, which prevents a sacked permanent employee being replaced by a  casual contractor.

CFMEU Mining and Energy South Western District Vice President Bob Timbs said the issue was fundamental.

"The union cannot agree to the removal of a legally enforceable clause that protects our members from being sacked and replaced by contractors," Mr Timbs said.

"The company has been playing silly games this week by jotting down a few hollow statements of intent and offering that as a 'job security clause.'

"But you can't put feathers on a dog and call it a chicken. And it's insulting to workers, and the Illawarra community, to try.

"Because of the company's refusal to negotiate reasonably on this pivotal point our members have been left with no choice.

"They will strike and they will continue to take industrial action until a decent outcome is reached."

Contact: Bob Timbs 0417 562 783 / Anil Lambert 0416 426 722