Further job cuts anger union

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is fighting against jobs cuts at Burton Downs coal mine in central Queensland.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is fighting against jobs cuts at Burton Downs coal mine in central Queensland.

The mine’s owner, Peabody Energy Australia Coal, said it hopes to keep cuts to a minimum, however, 40 jobs are on the rocks.

CFMEU state secretary Jim Valery said the workers should be relocated to other mines, not retrenched.

“We’re looking to make an application to various [bodies] – whether it be the Australian Industrial Relations Commission or other forms of applications to try and put a halt to this and try and stop the silly approach of hurting these families,” he said.

“We are also looking at the ability to transfer these families to the vacancies that do exist and have similar skill sets within the organisation.”

The mine’s major contractor Thiess told MINING DAILY that the number of job losses had not yet been confirmed.

“We don’t believe that they need to retrench these people and their families,” Valery said.

“They could’ve simply transferred these peoples to vacancies with similar skill sets into other operations that they have at various other mine sites.”

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