Twenty people have been sacked from BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal in Queensland.
The company cited changes to the roster and more automation of operations at the site, with Rag Udd, the company’s asset president, saying the changes were required due to continued low coal prices forecast and challenging market conditions.
He added that they are working to improve cost efficiency and production.
Udd said the roster changes will take effect from June, bringing the company in line with its other operations, noting the company understood the uncertainty it would create for both workers and their families.
This comes after the CFMEU outlined that permanent local jobs at BHP were under threat in Central Queensland, with the company considering contracting its entire permanent workforce at mines including Peak Downs and Bowen Basin.
In March 2016 BHP announced forced redundancies of nearly 300 workers at the Mt Arthur coal mine, in an effort to enhance the mine’s commercial viability.
The company later backed down on the decision after one hundred permanent employees agreed to voluntary redundancies.