More than 100 to go at Southern Operations

Around 120 jobs are expected to be cut from Perilya’s Southern Operations mine at Broken Hill.

Following the confirmation from Perilya that the mine would face a round of redundancies, Broken Hill CFMEU vice-president Greg Braes said while as yet undecided, the number was likely to be more than 100 positions.

"My view would be probably between 100 [and] 120 positions, but what I have been told, if it is around that figure, it's across the board,” he said.

Braes told the ABC that his biggest concern that those directly affected would leave the area due to lack of work.

"It's just shocking, the amount of people heading overseas for mining,” he said.

"But it's our community, it's our town that we lose out on. Those people have to move on somewhere."

Perilya company secretary Paul Marinko said earlier this week that redundancies would go ahead as a result of not only low commodity prices, but the mine failing to perform “at the size and grade we would like to see”.

The Southern Operations mine last saw job losses in 2008 when 440 workers were made redundant.

Southern Operations is one of Broken Hill's olderst running mines, first opened in 1885, producing zinc and lead concentrate through longwall stoping (70 per cent) as well as pillar extraction and development ore (30 per cent).

Perilya has undertaken efforts to reopen the Northern Operations mine which was shut down in 1993, however the process could take around 18 months before more workers are needed.

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