BHP shares dip amid looming Queensland mine strike threats

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BHP shares dip amid looming Queensland mine strike threats
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SYDNEY - BHP Group (NYSE: BHP ) Ltd experienced a slight decline in share price today, dropping 0.36% to AU$47.58 (USD1 = AUD1.5251) despite overall market gains and robust iron ore prices, which stood at US$135.20 per tonne. The dip comes as the mining giant faces potential strikes from open-cut coordinators at five of its Queensland coal mines over enterprise agreement disputes.

Negotiations between BHP and union representatives are ongoing, with the unions opposing the company's move to create separate agreements for safety coordinators at each mine, arguing that this undermines collective bargaining efforts. The discussions are critical as they aim to establish equitable agreements that honor team member contributions while ensuring operational integrity.

With a vote on potential indefinite strikes or cessation of risk assessments scheduled to conclude by December 20th, the pressure is on to reach a resolution before the deadline. If no agreement is reached, industrial action is set to commence on December 28th, which could lead to temporary shutdowns across affected mines, including Blackwater.

Despite the current tension and uncertainty surrounding the labor dispute, BHP shares have seen an overall increase of nearly 5% year to date. The company's performance has been bolstered by strong iron ore prices, but the outcome of the negotiations and possible strike action may impact future performance. The next round of talks is expected this Wednesday, with both sides reportedly making "good progress" in their discussions.

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