BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers
BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers Torsten Blackwood

Deal close for BHP and unions

AFTER two years of battling, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and three unions are reportedly close to agreement on a new enterprise agreement.

A series of strikes and court battles have punctuated the dispute, which began almost two years ago.

Now BMA and the trio of unions - the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Electrical Trades Union - are working towards a final ballot on the agreement to be held by the end of the month.

Since announcing a ceasefire in July, both sides put a lid on their otherwise very public duelling, refusing to release any details unless endorsed by all sides.

The deal remains firmly in place, with each side declining to elaborate on a statement released by the CFMEU.