MELBOURNE – Marathon talks early June 14 end a 23-day strike at a BHP Steel plant, heading off the threat of shutdowns at Australia's four auto makers just a day before worker layoffs had been scheduled. BHP Steel and the Australian Mfg. Workers Union and the Electrical Trades Union say they have reached a new contract that settles the concerns of 280 maintenance workers over job security and the use of contract labor. BHP also agreed to drop legal action against 12 striking workers at its ...

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