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(L-R) Trackside with Isaac Regional Councillor Jane Pickles Mayor Anne Baker and Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel at the 2017 Middlemount Race Day on Saturday, August 5. (L-R) Tiffany Maskel, Senior Youth Girls runner up Maddison Hite, Senior Youth Girls winner Nicola Pickering and Ben Hungerford. fifo Nicola and Kylie Pickering csg Best Dressed Gent winner Robin Sellar. (L-R) Middlemount Race Club Committee President Donald Black, Isaac Regional Mayor Anne Baker and Middlemount Race Club Committee member Bill Gray. (L-R) Tony, Jackie, Daly, Layla and Ruby Smith. Morgan Toyne and Toni Paterson. Aboutusgenericimage_3 dragline (L-R)Tina Vebel, Merill Bulst and Nick Bulst Emily Files Aboutusgeneric_2 Nicola Wilson and Charlotte Wilson.
(L-R) Trackside with Isaac Regional Councillor Jane Pickles Mayor Anne Baker and Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel at the 2017 Middlemount Race Day on Saturday, August 5. (L-R) Tiffany Maskel, Senior Youth Girls runner up Maddison Hite, Senior Youth Girls winner Nicola Pickering and Ben Hungerford. fifo Nicola and Kylie Pickering csg Best Dressed Gent winner Robin Sellar. (L-R) Middlemount Race Club Committee President Donald Black, Isaac Regional Mayor Anne Baker and Middlemount Race Club Committee member Bill Gray. (L-R) Tony, Jackie, Daly, Layla and Ruby Smith. Morgan Toyne and Toni Paterson. Aboutusgenericimage_3 dragline (L-R)Tina Vebel, Merill Bulst and Nick Bulst Emily Files

Major changes at Blackwater mine
JOBS to go as BMA undertakes major operational shakeup.
Thursday 20 August 2015  

BMA has ruled out forced redundancies for any of its permanent staff affected by major operational changes at its Blackwater mine - but contractors and labour hire workers currently employed at the site face an uncertain future.

BMA has today announced contractors Downer EDI will take over pre-strip activities, mobile maintenance and drill and blast operations at the site.

Currently, 306 workers are employed across these areas at the mine - around half are permanent staff and the remaining are contractors or labour hire employees.

Unlike permanent staff, contractors and labour hire workers do not have the same guarantee of ongoing employment in the wake of the decision.

BMA also says it can't rule out voluntary redundancies among its permanent staff if they choose not to take the roles offered to them at other mines.

The company says it will be discussing the decision with employees through an extensive “consultation” period that begins tomorrow.

BMA Asset President, Rag Udd, said the new contracts were essential in improving productivity and ensuring the mine’s viability.

“Despite extensive work over the past three years to reset our costs and to safely improve the productivity at each of our mines, further deterioration of global metallurgical coal prices means that we must continue to find ways to safely improve our operational performance,” Mr Udd said.

“The contractual arrangements we are announcing today enable us to bring in dedicated services with performance guarantees to ensure our Blackwater mine can safely make further productivity improvements by meeting global benchmark targets.

“I understand that the decision would cause uncertainty for employees, their families,and nearby local communities, and BMA would endeavour to do what was possible to provide support and information during the implementation period.”


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