The Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union says the fifty coalminers sacked following the rejection of Ahston Coal’s Hunter Valley expansion will likely find other mining work immediately.
According to The Singleton Argus CFMEU spokesperson Peter Jordan said demand for coalminers was so strong he did not expect the sacked workers to be out of pocket.
“I’d expect every one of them to find work in the area before the end of January,” he said.
“There’s enormous growth in the industry at the moment.”
The $83 million Ashton expansion was rejected by the NSW Government because of concerns over the project’s impact on health, the environment, and groundwater.
While the company said it would make an appeal over the decision the rejection forced it to make 50 workers redundant this month.
The Singleton Argus reports the workers were paid between four and five weeks wages and allowed to seek work elsewhere immediately.
Demand for experienced workers in the mining industry is still high, with boom states Western Australia and Queensland leading the pack.
BHP Billiton is already developing plans to add an extra 6,000 workers to its Port Hedland operations to support its expansions in the Pilbara.