Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{IT'S THE PITS! ANOTHER 105 COAL MINERS DUMPED ON JOB SCRAPHEAP} {Anglo Shuts Moura Pit, 105 Jobs to Go}; CQ Job Losses Reach 1600 as Anglo Shuts Down a Moura Pit

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{IT'S THE PITS! ANOTHER 105 COAL MINERS DUMPED ON JOB SCRAPHEAP} {Anglo Shuts Moura Pit, 105 Jobs to Go}; CQ Job Losses Reach 1600 as Anglo Shuts Down a Moura Pit

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

ANOTHER 105 Central Queensland miners were told they were surplus to requirements yesterday.

The jobs will go at Anglo Coal's Dawson complex outside Moura.

Mining companies have now announced 1600 redundancies across the coalfield since Christmas, most of them this week in response to falling global demand for coking coal that is primarily used by steelmakers.

In the context of Wednesday's earthquake announcement by BHP Billiton that 1100 workers would be sacked from nine mines, yesterday's declaration at Moura was a cruel aftershock to end a disastrous week for the Central Queensland economy.

And for the 86 staff and 19 contractors and their families, it will be devastating.

Anglo Coal had summoned hundreds of miners to a meeting in Moura yesterday morning, sparking fears that the entire Dawson complex, including the world's biggest dragline, would be scrapped.

Robert Craike, the acting general manager of Dawson Mines, told shocked workers that due to changing market conditions and demand forecasts for 2009, operations at Dawson North pit would close.

The pit, which produces coking coal, is one of five mining areas within the massive complex. A spokesman for Anglo said the other pits at Dawson would be unaffected and the company did not anticipate making further redundancies in Moura.

The exact timing of the closure was still to be determined, the miners were told, and they would continue to perform their current roles at the pit until it was shut.

"Dawson management will work with employees and their representatives to ensure information regarding the closure is communicated in a timely and responsible manner," said Mr Craike.

The company said further details about the decision and its impacts would be communicated to affected stakeholders as soon as they became available. …

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