The Curragh coal mine has cut approximately 70 contractors from the operation.
“Around 70 labour hire workers from Workpac will be finishing at the site next Monday,” a Curragh spokesperson told Australian Mining.
“This decision is part of an ongoing review at Curragh, as we focus on sustainability in the face of a weaker market,” he said.
The CFMEU slammed the decision.
“It’s just disappointing, and it seems to be a real trend at the moment,” CFMEU mining and energy Queensland president Steve Smyth told Australian Mining.
“Even though they were labour hire, it’s still disappointing for the workers,” he said.
“There no protection or job security.
“I’d hate to see what companies will do to workers when they start really losing money; it’s very concerning.”
This reduction in the workforce follows the operation’s recent decision to pare back hours at the site in order to keep fulltime workers.
The changes will involve some employees moving to five day, eight hour rosters; consultation on a new seven day 8.5 hour roster has also commenced.
“These roster changes will commence shortly,” the Curragh spokesperson added.
Workpac was contacted, but was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.