WORKERS at AngloAmerican's Capcoal mine near Middlemount are reeling after they were told that 85 secure jobs would go despite employees achieving all the set production records at the mine, the miners' union said on Thursday.
CFMEU Mining and Energy District President Steve Smyth said this was another attack on secure jobs for local workers.
"Local workers at Capcoal have shown nothing but goodwill towards AngloAmerican. Through hard work, intensive rostering arrangements and dedication they have met all set production targets," said Mr Smyth.
"At AngloAmerican's nearby Grasstree mine, local workers have actually broken the world record for underground production on a long wall.
"But instead of thanking their employees the company has rewarded them with the sack. This reeks of a deliberate strategy to attack permanent, secure local jobs.
"While 85 secure roles are set to go, contractors on lower wages and with no job security are being kept on.
"Workers have been told that the issue is overproduction. If that was true the company could have simply have considered and accepted the union's alternative suggestions to maintain secure jobs by reducing hours, production and labour costs."
Mr Smyth said the decision would hit the nearby Middlemount community hard.
"This is a kick in the guts for the community of Middlemount, which has already been devastated by local job losses.
"This is yet another example of a ruthless multinational company ripping off local workers and their local community."
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