CFMEU slams BHP’s decision to cut 700 jobs

The CFMEU has accused BHP Billiton of not caring about its workforce or the future of Central Queensland after the miner announced it would cut 700 jobs.

In a surprise announcement today, BHP said challenging market conditions, including a fall in the price of coal, had led to the massive restructure.

Jobs are expected to disappear from Goonyella Riverside, Peak Downs, Saraji, Broadmeadow, Caval Ridge, Daunia and Blackwater mines.

CFMEU Mining and Energy General Secretary Andrew Vickers claims BHP is its own victim of oversupply, which has been linked to depressed coal prices.

“BHP is spearheading the drive by the multinational coal producers to increase production at lower prices – they are driving the oversupply we are seeing on global markets,” Vickers said.

“BHP must be held to account for the fallout from this damaging corporate strategy and ‘review’ of operations.

“700 job cuts will devastate Central Queensland. We will not tolerate BHP cutting permanent jobs in favour of precarious arrangements like labour hire and contracting.” 

Vickers said that 562 of the 700 targeted jobs are in production and is seeking information about the number of permanent jobs targeted.

“BHP is demonstrating a horrifying disregard for jobs and for the future of Central Queensland with today’s announcement,” Vickers said.

“BHP has profited enormously from Central Queensland resources over many years, but today they are showing their true colours as a ruthless multinational corporation.”

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