Workers to go at West Wallsend coal as mine winds down

Another 40 workers have been cut from Glencore’s West Wallsend coal mine as it prepares to close.

Glencore announced its intention to end mining at the site last year, as West Wallsend neared the end of its mine life.

The closure is occurring months earlier than originally scheduled, following Glencore’s decision not to mine an approved longwall block (Longwall 47) beneath cliff lines, terraces and steeper sections of the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area (SSCA).

These closure plans were interrupted mid-last year after a longwall collapse halted production, with 200 metres of the face collapsing.

Now as the operation gets nearer to its scheduled closure date, Glencore has begun reducing its workforce at the site.

“We have kept our workforce informed of developments since that time and expect to complete production by the end of May,” a Glencore spokesperson told Australian Mining.

“As part of this process, we have announced that about 40 positions will be made redundant next month; this is part of a staged reduction in workforce numbers that has taken place since the end of development work in mid-2015.

“This is a difficult time for our workforce and their families and we are providing a range of services to assist them, including outplacement assistance, access to counselling and information related to finance and training.  “


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