Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{Rio Tinto Axes 50 Emerald Coal Jobs} {CQ Mayor Hopes Axed Workers Stay in Region}

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{Rio Tinto Axes 50 Emerald Coal Jobs} {CQ Mayor Hopes Axed Workers Stay in Region}

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

FIFTY contractors at Rio Tinto's Kestrel Mine near Emerald were told yesterday they would lose their jobs before the end of the month.

The global mining conglomerate is shedding 11,000 jobs worldwide as it battles recession.

A spokeswoman said the job cuts at Kestrel were directly related to a contraction of steel production.

The mine exports coking coal, which is used primarily by steel mills.

Coal production at Kestrel will be reduced as a result.

But the spokeswoman said there were no plans to axe any full-time jobs among Kestrel's directly employed workforce.

She said nor were there plans to cut full-time jobs at any of Rio Tinto's three other coal mines in Queensland, which includes the Blair Athol mine.

"We have started to announce to our workers a reduction in contractor numbers. Coking coal sales are down and we are reducing production at Kestrel. We are talking about 50 full-time roles and are letting those workers know today," she said. …

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