Thirty Grasstree mine workers may lose their jobs
IT'S tipped about 30 miners at Anglo American's Grasstree mine will lose their jobs by the end of this week.
The mining giant has confirmed they have reviewed their "rostering arrangements".
CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth described the cuts as ruthless.
"We're not aware of Anglo losing any supply contracts with its customers and the company has made it clear they wish to maintain similar production levels at this operation," Mr Smyth said.
"The union understands that coal spot prices have come off the boil from previously unsustainable levels but prices are still not expected to drop to pre-boom values."
However, an Anglo American spokeswoman said the cuts were solely due to the market situation.
"Due to current market conditions, Grasstree mine has completed an organisational review and changed its rostering requirements," she said.
"As a result of this, some contractor and workforce roles will be reduced over coming weeks and some redundancies will be issued."
Mr Smyth said it was typical behaviour.
"Farmers plan for bad seasons amid the good, yet mining companies simply sack people at the slightest whiff of a lower coal price without a thought for workers' families," he said.