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40 jobs go at Wesfarmers Curragh Mine near Blackwater

Curragh Mine BlackwaterWesfarmers slashed 40 jobs at Curragh Mine near Blackwater last week in a move that had long been anticipated by workers but came suddenly in the end.

In further cost-cutting measures the mine is also moving to a five-day roster, which, according to the CQ News , will mean a pay cut of $300 on average.

Administration staff and mine supervisors were the areas that sustained all job losses.

According to the CQ News, A Wesfarmers Curragh spokesperson said the cuts were in response to “continuing challenges faced by the coal industry”.

“The changes are designed to ensure that Curragh remains a competitive and sustainable business which is well placed to respond to very difficult market conditions currently being experienced,” the spokesperson said.

“The changes will involve some aspects of the operations moving from seven-day rosters to five-day rosters from June?23.

“In addition to the roster changes, a recent review of the staff organisation has identified a number of roles which will no longer be required.

“This will result in job losses at the mine and Curragh is currently working with the employees impacted by the reorganisation.

“Curragh will continue to look at how it can further reduce its operating costs across the business while maintaining the forecast production levels.”

The now-redundant workers were asked to attend a meeting last week where they were informed their services would no longer be required. They were then escorted off the premises by security guards.


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