Jobs lost at Mount Owen as Glencore cuts production

Hunter Valley miners face another round of job cuts, this time 70 to go from the Mount Owen Coal Mine.

Glencore announced earlier this year they would cut approximately 15 per cent from their Australian coal production (mostly thermal), revised to around 15 million tonnes this year, which was to result in the loss of around 120 jobs.

Recent reports state Glencore will cut 800,000 tonnes from production in 2015.

A spokesperson for Glencore confirmed the main contractor on site Thiess would implement operational changes to suit production requirements, and cut an entire crew out of the four currently working at the mine.

In an interview with the ABC, CFMEU northern district president Peter Jordan said 36 workers were already made redundant at the mine last year, and did not anticipate much uptake on the offer of voluntary redundancy.

Jordan said workers at the mine were prepared to sacrifice hours and pay to avoid forced redundancies.

The union has also suggested that Glencore move the mine back to a six day per week roster.

"We say that by going back to a six day roster and having a Christmas shutdown of about a two week period they'll be able to obtain that 800,000 tonne production loss," Jordan said.

"That makes sense because it maintains the four crews and everyone keeps their jobs.

"Now why wouldn't Glencore and Thiess seriously look at such a proposal."

Mount Owen is located near Singleton, NSW, staffed by 400 workers and produced 4.5 million tonnes of coal in 2014.

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