BHP Billiton warns on potential strike at Port Hedland BHP Billiton President Iron Ore, Jimmy Wilson expressed growing concern over possible industrial action by members of the Maritime Union of Australia at the Port of Port Hedland. Wilson said any action by MUA members would have severe consequences for Australian exports and would damage the country’s international reputation, and its overall national interest. “Industrial action by the MUA will stop all shipments out of the Port and cost exporters like BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Atlas Iron about A$100M a day. In addition, the State and Federal Government stand to lose tens of millions of dollars a day in royalties and corporate tax revenue,” he said. "Mining companies like BHP Billiton will not be able to make up the shipments lost during industrial action, and governments cannot recover the lost royalties and taxes. Any interruption to shipments of iron ore would have a detrimental impact on Australia’s international reputation as a stable and reliable supplier of critical resources. BHP Billiton is actively pursuing the limited options available to the company under the Fair Work Act to prevent industrial action at Australia’s largest export port." Reference Link
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