Tony Pyke is one of 75 workers made redundant as Cockatoo Coal continues to struggle in the mining downturn.
Tony Pyke is one of 75 workers made redundant as Cockatoo Coal continues to struggle in the mining downturn.

Redundant Cockatoo Coal worker can't afford to print resumes

REDUNDANT Cockatoo Coal employee Tony Pyke is not confident he will ever see his $30,000 in entitlements.

Mr Pyke is one of 75 workers who were made redundant from the mine in February who are yet to see their entitlements despite multiple dates set for payments to be made. These were never met.

>> Redundant miners have no food, about to lose homes, cars

He said without Centrelink support, he was no longer able to afford to continue printing resumes to look for another job to support his partner and three children.

Mr Pyke said he was calling on company administrators to be "honourable and take responsibility for their actions".

"I don't even bother anymore, I used to check my bank account but now I don't even bother. I don't have the credit to check my bank account anymore," Mr Pyke said.

"My missus does work, thank God but her fortnightly pay covers our rent, food and a little bit of petrol to get her to and from work and that's it.

"We might have a little bit left over but that's got to go to schools and little things that we need.

"We don't live to extremes.

"I understand there are a lot of people out there doing it more tough than I am but that's not the point, the point is we should have this redundancy and nobody really seems to be giving a damn about it.

"(We feel) very uncomfortable and very used."

Mr Pyke said he had been desperately applying for jobs since becoming redundant but was yet to have any luck.

"I was ringing job networks every second day because that's the way I was raised to look for jobs, keep on pressuring them, keep on hounding them, let them know you're keen," he said.

"I'm just getting brick walls everywhere I go. It's very frustrating."

A source close to the company this week said redundant employees should expect to receive their share of the company's $3.85 million employee entitlement debt in mid-April.

The source said the entitlements were to be paid in full a month after the March 15 Deed of Company Agreement execution.

"It is a top priority and they understand what it's like not to be paid," the source said.



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