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SA workers learn of operation closure in newspaper

The Augusta Power Station and Leigh Creek Coalmine workforce learnt of their future from the front page of newspaper, The Advertiser.

The South Australian workers were hit with a hard blow by the announcement that Alinta Energy will close operations as early as March next year 2016 in Pt Augusta and Leigh Creek.

“The shutdown of the operations will devastate the region,” Australian Services Union secretary Joseph Scales said.

“The Pt Augusta community cannot afford a blow of 400 jobs to their community, and the South Australian economy cannot afford further job losses.

“I know of whole families who are employed at the Augusta Power Station – wife, husband, father-in-law. What do these families do now?”

The union will meet urgently with Premier Jay Weatherill, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis and Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher to discuss what support the South Australian Government will give these workers.

Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery said 438 workers stand to lose their jobs, 258 of them at Leigh Creek and 180 at Port Augusta.

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