News

Union says 40 jobs to go at Anglo Coal's Moura mine

Anglo American's Dawson Coal Mine, outskirts of Moura, Central Queensland. Photo Kerri-Anne Mesner / The Observer
Anglo American's Dawson Coal Mine, outskirts of Moura, Central Queensland. Photo Kerri-Anne Mesner / The Observer Kerri-Anne Mesner

FORTY full-time maintenance positions will be made redundant at Anglo Coal's Dawson Mine at Moura, south-west of Gladstone, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.

The union says the job cuts will be devastating for the local community.

The company also week axed about 35 positions from its Grasstree mine at Middlemount, north-west of Rockhampton, last week.

AMWU state organiser Phil Golby told the ABC companies were increasingly looking to a transient workforce.

"With the downturn in the coal and all other industries around the country, it seems to be a common theme is what we do is get rid of job security," he said.

"We get rid of jobs and basically replace them eventually with people on contract, working for contract companies, and it basically drives down workers' conditions and wages across Australia."

Mr Golby said he planned to meet workers next week.

"Moura and a lot of the mining communities have been struggling to keep a community together with the advent of fly-in, fly-out workers.

"Eventually it means there'll be more drive-in, drive-out workers or fly-in, fly-out in the central regions."

Topics:  dawson mine gladstone moura



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

WICET's $1.06 billion trouble as deficit blows out

NO TRIAL YET: WICET has put back a trial vessel to the start of March, while the rest of the project is strong on track.

EMBATTLED project with more than 90 employees takes another blow.

He burnt teen girlfriend's face, wiped faeces on police cell

**** WARNING: DO NOT LIGHTEN ***TOUGH JOB: Edon Place staff witness the sad cycle of domestic violence in the Bundaberg region each day.Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

DISGUSTING, abusive teen smears his faeces all over a police cell.

Nightclub hell: Gladstone teen's horror night out

Molly Dawes had drink spiked while out in Gladstone.

The second time it happened I don't remember anything past 11.30pm.

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!