SHOCKED BUT NOT SURPRISED: German Creek CFMEU Vice President Russell Herdman.
SHOCKED BUT NOT SURPRISED: German Creek CFMEU Vice President Russell Herdman.

Newly-wed among 33 made redundant

GERMAN Creek CFMEU vice-president Russell Herdman was one of 33 permanent staffers made redundant by Anglo American this week.

The miner worked for the company for six years and returned home from his honeymoon two weeks before he was told he no longer had a job at the mine.

"Our wedding was around the time Anglo American announced it would make 83 jobs redundant,” he said.

"My wife and I came back from our honeymoon and on Friday I received an email saying I didn't have a job any more.”

Mr Herdman said that although they were expecting it, the announce- ment still came as a shock.

"I'm still getting my head around it,” he said.

"We would quite happily have lived in Middlemount for the foreseeable future, this is our home.”

The couple has lived in an Anglo American-owned house for four years as part of Mr Herdman's contract and had plans to start a family in Middlemount.

"We're not sure what we'll do now, we have to be out of the house in four weeks,” he said.

"There's a lot of uncertainty, especially with Christmas coming up.”

Mr Herdman said it would be difficult to find a way to stay in Middlemount.

"Most of the houses here are owned by Anglo, and they won't rent them back to you so there's not many options apart from leaving,” he said.

"If we have nowhere to live, we'll probably go back to Mackay.

" It's sad because we have made really close friends here, we've made our own little family.

"The redundancies will certainly destroy the community.”


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