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News News National Jet refuses to end dispute over union agreement
The mining industry is on tenterhooks today, with pilots from the mining airline National Jet meeting to decide what type of industrial action to take in an effort to force the company to abolish Australian Workplace Agreements.

In a move that could cripple the industry by leaving fly-in fly-out workers stranded, 72 WA-based pilots will this morning decide which of 10 types of industrial action to take.

Although the company has agreed to remove AWAs in favour of a collective agreement, it has refused a deal with the pilots' Transport Workers Union, claiming it would not represent all its workers, of whom only half are believed to be members of the TWU.

TWU organiser Rick Burton said he favoured a sharp shock stoppage.

"The company has turned around and put a position of a collective agreement to us, but hasn't gone as far as offering a union collective agreement," he said.

"So we're three quarters of the way there, but still have a bit further to go."

Mr Burton said the company has tried to confuse the issue by tying negotiations to pay rises.

The company offered the pilots a 12.4 per cent pay rise over five years.

"Money hasn't been an issue with the pilots," Mr Burton said.

"The dispute hasn't been about money, it's been about what type of agreement we have with the company."

 
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