Gujarat NRE to sack 10 coal mine workers

Winding up its voluntary redundancy scheme, Gujarat NRE is preparing to sack ten workers through forced redundancies.

The move comes after the troubled Illawarra mining company signed off on 47 voluntary redundancy packages last month as the company implements plans to cut its workforce by 20 per cent.

At the time it said it would need to make a further 13 job cuts to ensure the financial stability of the company.

Gujarat’s chairman Jasbir Singh said he was hopeful affected employees would be able to find work elsewhere, Illawarra Mercury reported.

‘‘From initial talks with contractors we are hopeful that all affected employees will be able to find alternate employment,’’ he said.

‘‘Should permanent positions with the company become available into the future these workers will be given special consideration.

Singh said he had made a ‘considerable effort’’ to save the company’s two coal mines since taking over Gujarat in October.

Workers have been through a tumultuous 6 months at the company, with unpaid wages and uncertainty around job security forcing many to leave.

New owner Jindal Steel has invested over $110 million into the company since it took over as majority shareholder  and says it is committed to improving current operations so mining can continue.

It said keeping costs down was a critical aspect of the future of its mines, with the company also looking at a possible restructure and relocation of its workforce across the two coal mining operations.

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