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Jobs vulnerable at Anglo
Wednesday 26 August 2015  

MINING union, the CFMEU, is concerned as many as 100 people could become redundant, and take-home pay will fall $30,000 a year following a review of operations at Anglo American’s German Creek open-cut mine.

The move comes as Anglo - like so many other miners in the region - moves to unwind boom time 12 hour shifts and replace them with 8 hour shifts on a normal five day working week.

While the Union says Anglo is still working through a “consultative” process, a spokesperson said they are deeply concerned about what is being proposed.

“The problem is that the poor old worker, through their efforts, have helped Anglo reach their targets, way ahead of schedule,” he told Shift Miner.

“Now Anglo are looking at ways of cutting costs and hours, and  replacing four crews on 12 hour shifts with three crews on eight or eight and half hour shifts.

“They haven’t made any official decision yet, but it’s hard to see any other result.

“We have offered a proposal that will see everyone do less hours and keep a job - it’s an out-there proposal - but I guess we will see whether they accept it.”

Anglo American have yet to respond to enquiries from Shift Miner regarding the changes.

Cutting rosters and hours in an attempt to drive down costs and curtail production has been slashing take-home pay across the Bowen basin for more than two years.

Miners at the BMC owned Poitrel Mine went to 10 hour shifts six months ago.

“It means we start an hour later and stop an hour earlier,” a miner said at the time.

“The hardest hit are the truckies who will lose at least $40,000 a year, but the mechanics and other support staff are also going to feel the effects.”

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