Strike targets Qld mine closure payouts

Rio Tinto says one of its central Queensland mines will close as scheduled, despite planned industrial action.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) held a ballot of its members at the Blair Athol mine last week, urging they stop work over concerns about redundancy payouts.

The mine, about 400 kilometres west of Rockhampton, is scheduled to close later this month after 30 years of operation.

The union says it is worried redundancy payouts for members will be less than amounts received by workers on individual or workplace agreements.

Today's meeting of union members will discuss details of the industrial action.

Rio Tinto says it believes the redundancy agreement is fair and the union's stance is disappointing.

A company spokesman says plans are in place to minimise any disruption.

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