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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Coal terminal strike called off

Wed,February 22, 2012

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called off a 24-hour strike today at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, on the New South Wales south coast, after negotiations moved closer to a resolution.

About 100 workers have been striking over job security.

Pacific National Coal says as a result of the strike being called off, drivers in the Illawarra and Lithgow will no longer be stood down.

It announced yesterday it would have to stand down the workers from today due to a lack of work resulting from the strike, even though Pacific National employees were not striking.

The CFMEU says it is buoyed by progress made during talks yesterday.

The union's district vice-president, Bob Timbs, says it was not the union's intention to cause issues for workers indirectly affected by protected industrial action.


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