Curragh coal mine cuts permanent workers

Wesfarmers’ Curragh coal mine will shed between 30 and 50 full time roles at the operation.

This latest announcement comes a week after the site announced it was cutting approximately 70 contractor positions from the mine, and less than a month after it reduced hours at the operation in an effort to keep its workforce employed.

A Wesfarmers spokesperson told Australian Mining ongoing weakness in the coal sector contributed to this most recent decision.

“Despite achieving significant cost savings over the past 18 months the Curragh mine now faces challenges unprecedented since Wesfarmers acquired the business in 2000,” Curragh said in a company statement.

“A further deterioration in coal price and market conditions pose further challenges to Curragh’s competitiveness, profitability and future which requires additional cost reduction measures to be implemented.”

In the wake of this “there will be a reduction in the number of mining and maintenance roles on-site of between 30 and 50,” the Curragh spokesperson told Australian Mining.

Curragh general manager Craig McCabe said while this decision is a difficult one, it is necessary for the future for the mine.

“We have thoroughly explored all options available to us and the decision to reduce our permanent workforce, as part of a broader range of changes, has only been made after all other avenues of cost reduction and efficiencies had been exhausted,” he said.

He went on to state Curragh is working in consultation with the laid off employees.

The local CFMEU has also been contacted for further comment.


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