Qld BHP workers launch industrial action

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Workers at mining giant BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance's four central Queensland coal mines have launched industrial action in a dispute over job security. 

Protected industrial action is under way at the company's Blackwater, Saraji, Peak Downs and Goonyella Riverside mines, with bans on overtime and step-up duties. 

Workers will also stage five-hour stoppages on Friday at Peak Downs and Goonyella Riverside sites for the Moranbah Miners Memorial event, the Mining and Energy Union confirmed. 

The event will be held in Moranbah town square for workers who have lost their lives in the industry. 

"With coal prices so high, there is constant pressure to maintain and increase production, so we are confident our bans and stoppages will be felt," MEU Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said in a statement on Thursday. 

A BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance spokesperson said the company was disappointed some of its employees have chosen industrial action.

"Strike action is disruptive and will not result in a quicker outcome," they said in a statement on Thursday.

"We have tabled a package that contains industry-leading conditions, job security protections and measures that keep our operations safe, productive and sustainable.

"We remain committed to constructive bargaining and reaching an agreement as quickly as possible, through continuing negotiations with the Fair Work Commission."


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