Sandvik Mining has confirmed that 28 workers at its Hunter Valley Site at Heatherbrae have been made redundant.
The 28 job cuts at the eight-month-old site, reported last week by Australian Mining and others, are split 50/50 between aftermarket and assembly operations.
"In implementing this redundancy program, Sandvik Mining followed the consultation process with unions and employees as outlined in our industrial agreement at Heatherbrae,” said Frank Ryan, Sandvik Mining’s vice president for underground coal operations, in a statement.
Nine of the redundancies are voluntary and 19 are forced, and are part of Sandvik’s efforts to trim its global workforce by 650.
Sandvik’s Hunter Valley Site is one of its biggest.
“Sandvik Mining’s action is a result of the recent downturn in the mining industry and in particular the coal market within Australia,” said Ryan.