Russell Vale job losses

OUTGOING Wollongong Coal chief operating officer David Stone said 41 redundancies had been made at the Russell Vale longwall mine.
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Courtesy of Wollongong Coal, formerly Gujarat NRE Coking Coal.

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He told the Illawarra Mercury that 13 were voluntary and 28 were forced redundancies.

Bob Timbs – the local district vice-president for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union – told ICN that 37 of the job losses were of its members, including 13 that were voluntary redundancies and 24 which were forced.

This leaves a missing four job losses compared to Stone’s total – indicating that four non-union staff positions were among the forced redundancies which could include middle management roles.

Timbs said he was “bitterly disappointed” about the job losses.

However, redundancies at the mine have long been flagged with Timbs again blaming delays with the state government’s planning regime.

The 356m of environmental approved coal left in the underway longwall panel is expected to provide breathing space of several months as the mine awaits a verdict on its expansion project which is targeting an increased rate of 4.7 million tonnes per annum run of mine over a five-year mine life.

Last week Stone submitted his resignation with five week’s notice. This was timed with his appointment as an executive director of Queensland based, Mongolian coal miner Guildford Coal.