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Port Kembla Coal Terminal Says Workers to Strike Feb. 1-8

January 31, 2012

(Updates with increased ship delays in first paragraph.)

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Port Kembla Coal Terminal, operated by companies including BHP Billiton Ltd. and Xstrata Plc, said it received union notification of a strike starting tomorrow that may increase ships waiting at the Australian harbor.

The walk-out will start at 7 a.m. Sydney time tomorrow and continue to Feb. 8, terminal general manager Peter Green said today in an e-mailed statement. The company will continue to seek talks with the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union, known as the CFMEU, to resolve the matter, Green said.

The company “has offered its employees a generous remuneration offer that is above the industry standards,” Green said. Port Kembla “is extremely disappointed that the CFMEU has elected to take this unnecessary industrial action,” he said.

Port Kembla is about 72 kilometers (45 miles) south of Sydney and is the conduit for coal transported from mines in the south and west of New South Wales state, according to its website. The strike will result in an increase in the number of ships waiting to load cargoes at the harbor, Green said.

--Editors: Todd White, Stephen Cunningham

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Sharples in Melbourne at bsharples@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Hobbs in Sydney at ahobbs4@bloomberg.net


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