70 jobs to go at Curragh mine site in Blackwater

ABOUT a year after it announced 40 job cuts, Wesfarmers Curragh mine in Blackwater is now laying off another 70 workers.

A Curragh mine spokesman said the company had reviewed its operations in light of the current market conditions and coal prices and decided to end 70 contracted workforce positions.

The employees affected are labour hire workers. They will finish on Monday.

CFMEU Queensland president Stephen Smyth was yesterday outraged over the announcement, saying these workers were being "unfairly treated and exploited".

He further claimed many of these workers would not be entitled to redundancy packages, as was the case with most labour hire positions.

"These workers just turn up to work, and if they're told they're down the road, that is that," he said.

"These workers are extremely and unfairly exploited; many receive less than the average permanent worker, despite them being as skilled and qualified as other permanent workers.

"On top of that, none of these workers receive normal working entitlements like redundancy packages, sick leave and annual leave."

Mr Smyth claimed the positions were being cut because the mine was looking to fall back to eight-hour-day rosters.

A spokesman from Curragh mine said the employees were part of the labour hire company WorkPac.

WorkPac marketing spokeswoman Tracey Mesken said the labour company was already working with several of the employees to reallocate them to other mine sites.

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