Mt Lyell miners stood down, some on half pay indefinitely

The 150 Copper Mines of Tasmania Mt Lyell miners have finally been given a decision on the future of the embattled mine.

It comes after worker uncertainty as CMT came to a decision to either shutdown the mine or restart it after a series of fatal accidents.

Around half of Copper Mines of Tasmania’s 150 workers will be placed on standby at half pay, according to the ABC.

Forty have already been redeployed, whilst the remaining will continue in their current roles of care and maintenance at the mine.

CMT’s Scot Clyde stated that it will be difficult for some workers in the near future.

“We have taken the view that it is important to ensure our employees have some level of financial support but we acknowledge that it will still mean hardship for many people,” Clyde said.

“We very much appreciate the participation and cooperative approach by Barminco, the unions and our employees to get to this point which we believe is a far better outcome than having to stand down employees without pay at this difficult time.”

Contractors with Barminco have already been redeployed.

This new decision by CMT will be reviewed in early March.

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