Wesfarmers Resources has announced they will axe between 30 and 50 permanent positions from it’s Blackwater Curragh Mine.
“Despite achieving significant cost savings over the past 18 months the Curragh mine now faces challenges unprecedented since Wesfarmers acquired the business in 2000,” the company said in a statement.
“A further deterioration in coal price and market conditions pose further challenges to Curragh’s competitiveness, profitability and future which requires additional cost reduction measures to be implemented.”
The mine will be making “operational adjustments to ensure optimal production output in the current market”, which will include roster changes, optimisation of labour hire and better utilisation of major infrastructure.
“As a result there will be a reduction in the number of mining and maintenance roles on-site of between 30 and 50,” the statement said.
“Curragh takes its obligations as a responsible employer very seriously and is committed to genuine consultation, which has already commenced, with impacted employees and redeployment where possible.”
Curragh General Manager Craig McCabe said reducing the permanent workforce was a very difficult decision but one that had to be made for the future of the mine.
“We have thoroughly explored all options available to us and the decision to reduce our permanent workforce, as part of a broader range of changes, has only been made after all other avenues of cost reduction and efficiencies had been exhausted,” he said.