BHP shareholders meet to decide company's fate

UNIONISTS have gathered outside the Melbourne Concert Hall where BHP shareholders are meeting this morning to vote on the proposed merger with London-listed Billiton that would form the world's largest diversified mining conglomerate.

Shareholders arriving for the meeting were urged by banner-bearing union members to vote against the deal, which they say will cost thousands of jobs and hand control of the company to Billiton.

  • FREE coverage on the rapidly developing coronavirus pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 hub.
  • Latest COVID-19 Coverage: Copper deficit story dead: CRU. Read more.
  • Latest COVID-19 Coverage: Majors cautious over recovery. Read more.