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430 Bowen Basin jobs to go at Glencore's Hail Creek

Coal News - Published on Wed, 17 Oct 2018

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ABC reported that more than 400 workers at Glencore's Hail Creek coal mine in the Bowen Basin south-west of Mackay will lose their jobs under a restructure. The global resources giant held meetings with workers at the Mackay showgrounds and made the announcement soon afterwards. In a statement, the company said under its "reconfiguration" of the mine, the two-dragline operation would become a truck-and-shovel mine with a seven-day-on, seven-day-off roster. The changes are expected to cut about 30 per cent of the mine's current workforce of 1,360, reducing it to about 930 workers.

A Glencore spokesperson said that "We acknowledge the significant impact this will have on our workforce and their families, and we will have in place support services to assist and advise them."

The majority of changes are expected to be in place at the open cut coal operation by mid next year. Hail Creek mine is about 120 kilometres from Mackay. Glencore acquired the operation in August.

Ms Adrienne Rourke from the Resource Industry Network said Glencore was trying to ensure their operations were financially stable. She said that "We haven't seen a job cut like this for quite some time and while it does seem significant, when you put it in comparison to the amount of jobs on offer in our region at the moment, it still doesn't fill all those roles. While the numbers look quite significant, we've got over 500-600 specific mining jobs going at the moment and over 1,500 jobs going in our region. This might create some uncertainty for the people that lose their jobs but at the moment it's such a positive market here in our region."

Ms Rourke said she was confident people who lost their jobs would find work in other businesses in the region.

She said that "We can't see too much impact at the moment to the overall market given there's so much opportunity at the moment and demand for a workforce here in Mackay, so we believe it will be quite easy for people to transfer to other businesses that are requiring people at the moment."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 17 Oct 2018
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