Mining manufacturer cuts more jobs

Queensland mining manufacturer CQMS Razer will slash another 60 jobs next week, building on the workforce reductions it made late last year.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle reports while the company is calling for volunteer redundancies some reductions will be forced.

The company has met with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union over the issue, which is expected to affect a variety of positions.

“We are trying to get a breakdown of the type of jobs that will be affected,” AMWU organiser Brad Hansen said.

“They're calling for volunteers but it will be a combination of voluntary and forced.”

Around seven redundancies are expected to impact apprentices, and Hansen said CQMS was not positive about the outlook for the rest of 2013.

Last year CQMS axed 20 workers, and later asked staff to take enforced leave over Christmas.

According to the Fraser Coast Chronicle, when workers returned in the new year they were given the choice between a four-day week or 30 to 40 job losses.

Workers chose the four-day week but the company has incurred further losses after it was forced to stop operations during the January floods.