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Strikes at Aurizon postponed by 7 days due to Cyclone Owen

Coal railway workers at Aurizon Holdings Ltd. have postponed parts of a planned strike in Queensland amid warnings of Cyclone Owen possibly hitting the Australian state in the north, Reuters wrote Dec. 14, citing a union official.

The Queensland president of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Bruce Mackie, said that planned stoppages went ahead but some other strikes were deferred by seven days due to safety concerns of its members.

Aurizon's major railways in the Australian state's Bowen Basin transport coal from mines owned by BHP Group Ltd., Anglo American PLC, Glencore PLC and Peabody Energy Corp. to ports on the east coast. The Abbot Point Coal Terminal suspended shipping at midnight on Dec. 14.

BHP said earlier that it does not expect a significant impact from the strikes, while the others did not or were not available for comment, Reuters added.