"Since late 2013, we have been working with employees and their representatives to develop a new corporate agreement for miners and artisans at the Dendrobium mine," said Troy McDonald, president of Illawarra Coal Asset. The new company agreements were an essential feature of the showcase, given that costs remain high and employment contracts accounted for 50%. Minnett says the company intends to further optimize its operations, which may take some time given the mine`s importance to the community and to a highly unionized workforce. The South32 dendrobium mine is threatened with industrial problems due to the worsening of lengthy negotiations on new company agreements. The establishment of an articulated and clear company agreement with employees is an essential basis for avoiding complications in the future, including possible infringement claims arising from the interpretation of the contract. Company agreements for West Cliff and Appin employees expired last month and employees at those mines could take similar steps to their Dendrobium counterparts in the coming weeks. The Bundesgericht rejected an application for a civil penalty after a former mining supervisor was unable to prove that his employer had breached a company agreement by failing to "avoid" his dismissal following an organisational restructuring. Registered agreements are valid until terminated or issued. -New company agreements help optimisation of mining - Higher coal prices have enabled South32 to tackle Appin`s problems - Extension of Dendrobium is likely to consume considerable capital The Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers negotiate with their New Approaches programme.
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