Port Waratah Coal Services cuts more jobs

Port Waratah Coal Services have cut another 32 jobs from its coal terminals in Newcastle.

The fresh cuts come after 34 jobs were made redundant in July.

PWCS chief Hennie du Plooy said the cuts are part of a wider ongoing business review at both the Kooragang Island and Carrignton Terminals which was aimed at identifying areas of efficiency.

The move comes as both thermal and coking coal prices took a significant dive this year, with some saying further price dips are expected.

“We recognise the impact of changes like this on people and therefore don’t make these decisions lightly,” du Plooy said.

“Industry demand for Port Waratah’s coal handling services remains high but it is important that we position our business to support the sustainability of the coal chain as a whole.’’

The job cuts will be made up of nine staff, nine contractors, and 14 operators and trades people.

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