BHP cuts jobs at Port Hedland

BHP Billiton has cut jobs from its iron ore business as the company focuses its efficiency drive on operations at Port Hedland.

The West Australian reports over 50 roles have been made redundant at its Nelson Point site since August, with more cuts expected in the coming months.

The move comes as BHP conducts a wide-sweeping productivity review which has already seen hundreds of roles stripped from the miner’s metal business.

More than 100 workers were cut from the company’s iron ore headquarters in Perth in May, while 170 workers were chopped from Mt Whaleback mine in the Pilbara.

The company said the cuts are aimed at ensuring BHP remains “a competitive, world-class operation”.

In a statement regarding the recent cuts, a BHP spokesperson confirmed they would come from its Nelson Point rail and port facilities.

"BHP Billiton Iron Ore has spoken about its focus on safely increasing volumes and reducing costs through the more effective procurement of goods and services and people-related productivity initiatives," he said.

"In coming months, some employees based in Port Hedland will be impacted by changes to the structure and size of the workforce. We will discuss these changes directly with employees, who will be offered redeployment opportunities as and where possible."


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