Fair Work to settle dispute

PACIFIC National Coal says it will return to the Fair Work Commission to solve the ongoing dispute with the Rail Tram and Bus Union.

The company said federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten had “reached out” to help solve the dispute.

The union had been negotiating with Pacific National for more than a year.

Eight months have passed since the old enterprise bargaining agreement expired for its 840 NSW employees.

“Based on his proposal, and with the commitment of no further industrial action during the proposed discussions, Pacific National Coal has accepted the offer to return to the Fair Work Commission,” the company said in a statement.

“Pacific National Coal remains committed to reaching an outcome that recognises the interests of all stakeholders and believes that the support of the commission in doing so is our best opportunity to achieve an outcome.”

This comes after union members walked off the job on Friday for 48 hours.

Pacific National, has wanted the dispute taken to Fair Work Australia, but the union has opposed this move.

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