BHP mine.
BHP mine.

BHP v CFMEU war continues

ON FRIDAY, BHP Billiton was hoping the mining unions would come to the table on Monday with a possible deal.

Instead, it released a statement accusing the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union of spreading lies.

Late last week, a BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance spokeswoman said there was little progress when both sides met.

However after the union publicly mauled BMA for demanding the right to 14-hour shifts, it appeared any optimism or good-will in discussions was gone.

Now after 18 months and countless industrial action campaigns, each side is still playing to win, not to settle.

CFMEU Queensland district president Stephen Smyth said the mining giant wanted workers to toil beyond the maximum 12.5 hour shifts.

The allegation was described by BMA asset president Stephen Dumble as "a pure fabrication".

"Mr Smyth was present at Friday's Enterprise Agreement negotiations and knows his statement has no basis whatsoever."

According to a union spokesman, Mr Dumble did not attend the meeting so would not know what was said.

Neither side has any record of what happened inside the meeting that could be released to APN.

Further meetings are expected to be held from Wednesday until Friday.