Jobs to go at Premier Coal

Chinese controlled miner Premier Coal is cutting jobs at its Collie mine.

The miner said the job losses were unfortunate but necessary as industry costs increased and coal seams in the Collie Basin became tough, The West Australian reported.

General manager Colin Moffatt said the company had been a low cost coal supplier for many years.

“Premier must continue to adapt to the variable nature of the geology of the Collie coal basin as well as meet changing cost structures brought about by the increasing cost of most inputs,” he said.

He said profit was not the motive for the job cuts.

“Everyone likes to make money, but it is not about that.”

He did not specify the number of jobs being cut but confirmed it would not be as much as Griffin, the Collie Mail reported.

Collie’s other coal mining company shed 17 jobs in February.

A Premier Coal employee said a meeting was held on Wednesday where staff were told that over the next three weeks some positions will be made redundant while other positions will be modified.

The redundancies come as the company is undergoing an organisational restructure. The first redundancy took place yesterday.

Collie MLA Mick Murray expressed his disappointment over the job losses.

“Every job impacts on Collie and if the mining companies do not become efficient it will be cause for concern.”

Miners’ Union secretary Gary Wood said the restructure did not impact maintenance and construction workers.

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