As the media reports, a weekend strike has stopped around 600,000 tonnes of coal getting to Australia’s Newcastle Port.
Following almost 12 months of negotiations with Australia’s largest private rail freight company, Pacific National, more than 800 haulage train drivers went on strike for 48 hours over a dispute about a new three year enterprise agreement for its workers.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) picketed the company’s facilities in the Hunter Valley and South Coast in the state of New South Wales (NSW) after it slashed its offer of a 4% annual pay increase to 3%.
Port Kembla coal terminal, the fourth largest in NSW is also said to have been affected by the strike. The strike ended on Sunday 10 February 2013 as agreed by the union and the staff have returned to work.
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