Rio confirms job cuts at Clermont

Rio Tinto has confirmed that it has cut jobs at its Clermont coal mine.

On Monday the miner reportedly declined to confirm that around 25 workers, all Catergory 3, were let go from its Clermont mine and another 10 staff were cut from the Kestrel mine, according to the Morning Bulletin.

However it reversed its position on Tuesday, officially announcing the cuts but still declining to confirm where jobs would be lost, only stating that jobs would be cut, blaming the recent royalty rise as the impetus for the move.

At the time it stated that "like others in the industry, Rio Tinto Coal Australia has made it clear it is facing the challenge of increasing costs in an environment of significantly lower coal prices and a high foreign exchange rate.

"We are working to improve our competitiveness by actively seeking ways to reduce costs across our business, which unfortunately means some roles will no longer be required.

"These are not decisions we take lightly, jobs are being protected wherever possible and support is being provided for employees."

This latest news comes only two months after Rio made its first announcement that it would be cutting positions at Clermont, and that it would bring forward the closure of the nearby Blair Athol coal mine, which Clermont was designed to replace.

Clermont was officially opened in November 2010.

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