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Australia’s Port Kembla coal terminal in talks to avert mid-week strike


The Port Kembla Coal Terminal in eastern Australia is holding talks in a bid to head off the threat of a three-day strike from next Wednesday, a PKCT official said Friday.

“Port Kembla Coal Terminals confirms notification from the CFMEU [union] of Protected Industrial Action scheduled for March 15-17,” she said.

The coal terminal’s management has applied to the Fair Work Commission to facilitate a negotiated outcome, with talks scheduled for Monday, she said.

“We believe there is a genuine opportunity to reach an outcome through facilitated bargaining,” the spokeswoman said.

“PKCT remains committed to bargaining in good faith and must reach an agreement as soon as possible,” she added.

The terminal shipped around 535,514 mt of coal in February, up 24% from 430,904 mt in January, data from the operator showed.

The port is located 72 km south of Sydney and services the southern and western coalfields in New South Wales. It exports high quality metallurgical and thermal coal.

Source: Platts 

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