More job cuts in the Illawarra as BHP’s Appin mine reviews staff numbers

In more bad news for Illawarra’s mining industry, BHP Billiton’s Appin coal mine is looking to cut jobs.

Illawarra Coal, a subsidiary of BHP, confirmed the company has “reviewed its contractor arrangements to align with its operational requirements at Appin Mine”.

These changes follow the completion of contract works at the mine and ongoing efficiency and cost reduction measures,” a company spokesperson said.

It is unclear at this stage how many contractor roles will be cut.

Australian Mining understands there will be no affect on Illawarra Coal employees as part of the review.

It’s been a tough 24 hours for the Illawarra mining industry with nearly 200 jobs slashed from various coal mines in the region.

Wollongong Coal cut 152 jobs as its Wongawilli and Rusell Vale mines as the operations continue to battle against various operational issues.

Glencore cut 40 jobs from the nearby Tahmoor coal mine with one development crew at the site set to finish up on 1 July.

The job cuts come amidst falling coal prices and a readjustment of the number of workers required to pre-boom levels.

Queensland-based New Hope Group has also announced it will cut 5 per cent of its workforce.

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