Downer cut 185 jobs from BMA’s Goonyella mine

Downer have announced is it cutting 185 jobs from BMA’s Goonyella Riverside coal mine in Moranbah.

Speaking to Australian Mining a spokesperson for Downer said BMA had advised the mine service contract company they intended to absorb a quarter of pre-strip work at the mine.

“Downer have been advised that BMA will be transitioning a portion of pre-strip activity at Goonyella from contractor to owner-operator from the 1st of July,” the spokesperson said.

“As a result Downer will be making 185 positions redundant.

“We recognise this is a difficult time, and our employee assistance program and other support services have been made available to all employees on site.

The spokesperson said Downer would continue to employee around 500 people at the mine.

It is not yet clear if BMA intend to employ any of the affected workers as part of their owner-operator plans.

BMA was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Today’s announcement comes as another blow for coal mine workers across Australia after Peabody Energy yesterday announced plans to drastically cut the number of contractors it employs.

A source close to the issue told Australian Mining, the company's president Charles Meintjes states that the reduction comes as Peabody carries out a "repositioning and improvement program" to reduce its costs.

"This has traditionally been an area of high spend for the company and as a result we will be reducing approximately 450 contractor positions at our mines over the coming weeks."

Speaking to Australian Mining, Peabody Energy confirmed the contractor reductions across Queensland and New South Wales.

It went on to state that "Peabody Energy regrets the impact on the contractors directly affected and is conscious of the likely impacts on communities in which we operate.  We are taking these steps to secure the long-term competitiveness of our operations".

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