230 employee and contractor roles to be impacted at Saraji
UPDATE 3:53pm Friday
Queensland Resource Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has released a statement.
"The decision by BMA to cut 230 positions from its Saraji coking coal mine in central Queensland is another unwelcome reminder of domestic cost pressures and soft market conditions.
"There are few other options available to keep an export mine viable under these circumstances and this is a bitter pill to swallow for everyone concerned."
UPDATE 2:22pm Friday.
THE CQ News has seen an internal notice sent to Saraji Mine employees from General Manager Mick Nucifora.
In the notice sent to staff Mr Nucifora confirmed approximately 230 employee and contractor roles would be impacted, and listed to affected areas.
"These changes will primarily impact our Mining Production, Prestrip, Processing and Engineering departments," Mr Nucifora wrote.
"Options relating to Maintenance are still being considered and BMA will inform you (the staff) as soon as possible of any decisions that will affect the Maintenance department."
A current employee of Saraji Mine, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were "disappointed".
"It's really bad for us that went through Norwich park too," they said.
"... the rumours were rampant, so we knew something was coming.
"But all staff denied everything."
The notice said consulation with impacted employees would begin "today" (Friday).
"Today we will begin consultation with impacted employees which will continue through to the end of February," Mr Nucifora wrote.
"Over the coming weeks, we will discuss with employees who may be affected and their representatives.
"During this consultation period, we will assist employees to consider their options and limit the impact as much as possible."
The last sentence of the notice asked staff to keep their working standards high.
"During this time, please continue to focus on being safe, doing the basics right on every task and look out for your team mates."
BMA is consulting with employees at the Saraji Mine near Dysart about workforce reductions at the mine as part of measures to ensure the ongoing competitiveness and viability of the mine.
There will be approximately 230 employee and contractor roles impacted.
Further consultation will occur with employees at the mine to determine how reductions will be achieved.
BMA Asset President Lucas Dow said he understood that uncertainty caused by the consultations would be difficult for employees, contractors, their families and the community of Dysart.
"BMA has made a number of changes across its operations to reduce costs and increase productivity in order to ensure that our operations are profitable and sustainable," he said.
"A recent review of the Saraji mine by the Company concluded that a fundamental improvement in the cost base of the open-cut operation is required to ensure that it remains competitive."