Coal company to cull workforce via phone calls

50 Yancoal mine workers are set to learn their fate today as the company calls its employees to let them know if they still have a job or not.

Yancoal first announced it would cut jobs from its Abel underground coal mine near Newcastle in early September but today is D-day for the mine’s workforce.

"We are contacting all 290 of our people this morning by phone to advise them of the decisions made," a spokesman told the Newcastle Herald.

The workforce cull has been blamed on a downturn in the coal market.

CFMEU district president Peter Jordan said talks with the company revealed it had lost $21 million so far this year at Abel mine and expected this number to double.

He said 28 production jobs, 11 tradespeople and nine mine deputies will be cut.

Yancoal own six coal mines in NSW and three in Queensland.

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