Feb 17 Union workers at Xstrata Plc's XTA.L
Tahmoor coal mine on Wednesday called a three-day strike, the
latest in a series of work stoppages over wages and job
security affecting productivity at the Australian colliery
since Xstrata acquired it in 2007.[nSGE61G00E]
Here are some facts about the mine.
- Tahmoor is an underground longwall hard coking coal
operation located in the southern coalfields of eastern
- Xstrata acquired the mine in October 2007 after a
successful off-market takeover of Austral Coal Ltd, owner of
Tahmoor, for A$557 million, lifting Xstrata's exposure to hard
coking coal at a time of significant growth within the market.
It also eases Xstrata's entry into Australia's plentiful
southern coalfields and gives immediate access to an
- In the past 15 months, the Construction, Forestry, Mining
and Energy Union (CFMEU) has staged more than 320 hours, or
nearly two weeks, of work stoppages at the 2 million tonnes per
year mine. Weekly production at the mine is about 55,000 tonnes
of coal that is used to make steel.
- Xstrata said the actions are having a "significant"
impact on mine production.
- Xstrata's production report for the 12 months ended
December 31, 2009, showed an overall drop of 7 percent in
coking coal production in Australia, which the report partly
attributed to the stoppages at the Tahmoor mine.
- Xstrata told the CFMEU on July 31, 2009 it was cutting
158 jobs at Tahmoor, sparking more work stoppages and slow
- On Feb. 2, 2010 Xstrata locked out 250 Tahmoor workers,
escalating the bargaining dispute. Two days after the lock out
ended, the CFMEU retaliated by calling a three-day strike.
(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)