Labour relations and human rights
OZ Minerals has a strong record in labour relations and continually acts to maintain harmonious relations with all employees, contractors and their representatives. Our labour relations are in line with relevant employment legislation.
We have established forums and communication processes that facilitate effective communication and have developed strong relationships with relevant unions and external parties. During 2011, OZ Minerals had no incidents of industrial unrest, strikes or lockouts.
OZ Minerals employees are on a mix of collective and individual employment arrangements. Our Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying Policy recognises that whatever arrangement an employee has, we recognise the right of our employees to freely associate and join trade unions. In 2011, approximately half of our workforce was covered by a collective agreement. In 2011, the collective agreement was renegotiated and a new one was put in place for four years until June 2015.
OZ Minerals’ Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying Policy outlines our process for reporting of discrimination incidents. OZ Minerals takes reports of discrimination seriously. OZ Minerals aims to provide opportunity and equality for all employees and a workplace that is free from harassment and unlawful discrimination.
OZ Minerals’ human rights standard is in place at OZ Minerals managed facilities, ensuring that we have processes for raising human rights awareness, including identification of human rights issues and impacts. OZ Minerals upholds, understands and promotes fundamental human rights within our sphere of influence.
OZ Minerals does not employ forced, bonded or child labour and supports the elimination of child and forced and compulsory labour. A minimum age of 18 is a requirement of obtaining full-time work at OZ Minerals and 16 for part-time or casual work. Exceptions are made for apprentices or trainees under regulated training schemes. Human rights’ training is included in the inductions of security personnel contracted to our Cambodian operations.