Glencore has announced 80 jobs will be cut from Collinsville coal mine in north Queensland.
The job cuts come as the mining company moves to reduce production at the site by 2 million tonnes in response to low coal prices.
Glencore released a statement saying it began consultation with its Collinsville workers yesterday over operational changes.
“We expect Collinsville will continue to operate at reduced capacity for the remainder of 2015 as we investigate alternate marketing opportunities for the operation and revise mining plans,” the statement said.
Steve Smyth from the CFMEU said the news will be a blow for a community still reeling from the mine’s previous closure in 2013, and will have a negative effect on Collinsville businesses.
Support services are in place for employees and their families who are affected by the decision, and the company said they would look at options to redeploy people to other operations.
“The situation at Collinsville reflects the challenges being faced by all Australian coal mines in one of the most difficult markets in the industry’s recent history,” the company statement said.