Up to 100 jobs may be cut at Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Mine, south west of Mackay, as the company looks to ride out the downturn in commodities.
Speaking to The Daily Mercury, a Rio Tinto spokesperson said that a cost cutting review has recommended a shedding of the current workforce.
“Like others in the Australian coal mining industry, Rio Tinto is facing the challenge of increasing costs and dropping coal prices,” the spokesperson said late last week.
“We are working to improve productivity and reduce costs across our mines.
“Regrettably, this means some roles at Hail Creek Mine are no longer required as part of changes to ensure the mine is sustainable in challenging conditions.
“Consultation processes are in progress and we will be providing support for those affected.”