Workers vote 'yes' on resolution

Yes to agreement: Bechtel workers move on

Curtis Island liquefied natural gas workers have voted in favour of a new industrial agreement with contractor Bechtel after almost one week of strikes.

A spokeswomen for Bechtel confirmed 54% of workers voted in favour of the new agreement.

Bechtel is now set to lodge the agreement with the Fair Work Commission for approval.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said work could now get back to normal on the island.

“There is no doubt the actions of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and others over the past week have caused some disruptions for our employees coming to and from work, some interruptions to work on the projects and concern and frustration in the community,” he said.

“But our employees have had their say.

He said the employees will now receive back pay to 1 May and the extra benefits will be introduced.

“Obviously the industrial action had some impact to work on the projects but we will continue to work hard to bring these LNG plants online towards first LNG production,” he said.

The May vote had about 31% in favour of the resolution, while the June vote had a support rate of 46%.

UK player BG, the operator of the $20.4 billion Queensland Curtis LNG project, hinted there could be some problems in terms of delays based on the outcome of this vote.

A spokesman for QGC - the company's Australian outfit - was not immediately available for comment.

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