CHANGE: Wesfarmers Curragh advised its major contractor, Thiess, that it would be reducing its workforce.
CHANGE: Wesfarmers Curragh advised its major contractor, Thiess, that it would be reducing its workforce. Meghan Kidd

100 jobs to go as Curragh cuts into Thiess workforce

WESFARMERS' Curragh Mine in Blackwater has advised its major contractor, Thiess, that it would be reducing its workforce.

Around 100 jobs are reportedly up in the air as part of a further review at the mine site.

A spokesman said there would be a reduced requirement for mining operations undertaken by Thiess from November this year at Curragh North.

The spokesman said it was a direct result of the continuing low coal price and prevailing market conditions which posed significant challenges to Curragh's competitiveness, profitability and future which required additional cost reduction measures to be implemented.

Thiess started communicating with its workforce following the decision.

Curragh general manager Craig McCabe said he acknowledged that the decision to reduce the work undertaken on-site by Thiess would have an impact upon the number of people working at the mine but stressed that Curragh must make decisions which will allow the mine to continue to operate in what are very difficult times.

Thiess won a $570 million extension to its contract at the Curragh North coal mine in 2013, and it came on top of a 10-year work agreement signed in 2010 which would see Thiess continue its overburden removal and coal mining activities on the site.

The difficult times of the industry are continuing to ripple through communities in the region, with job cuts being announced weekly.

Community groups and businesses have been lobbying their concerns about the future of mining towns with their State Members, who have been taking the comments to parliament.

The decision comes on the heels of workforce changes at BMA's Blackwater Mine, where 306 permanent positions would be affected as contracts were awarded to EDI Downer Group.



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