Glencore staff rally in second strike

GLENCORE workers on strike rallied at Singleton showground on Wednesday morning as their dispute with the company continues.

The outage that began on Tuesday is the second in the past week after CFMEU members voted to take a first round of industrial action for 48 hours last Thursday. 

CFMEU district secretary Peter Jordan has cited redundancy payments reflecting the rostered hours worked not a 35 hour week, and surety about the company maintaining a permanent workforce across all their operations are the main sticking points.

A spokesperson from Glencore says they are in the process of negotiating new collective Employment Agreements with their employees at our Mangoola, Liddell, Glendell, Ravensworth and Bulga Open Cut mining operations.

“We are confident that agreements that continue to provide favourable working conditions for our people will be approved at each site. We recognise that the Fair Work Act provides employees with the option of taking lawful industrial action during these negotiations,” the spokesperson says.

“Glencore is disappointed this action is being taken despite the offers of wage increases made at each of the sites.”