With around 400 jobs set to be slashed from engineering and maintenance firm Hastings Deering, the company remains tight-lipped on when and where these losses will be.
Australian Mining contacted Hastings Deering to confirm the expected numbers, and to find out where these redundancies will occur, and whether they will be voluntary or forced.
However, Hastings Deering has failed to provide any further details than in approximately 400 redundancies will occur.
“Hastings Deering has implemented a series of efficiency and productivity initiatives over the past 12 months in an effort to streamline its cost base, but these measures alone have not been sufficient in view of continuing challenging market conditions,” a company statement said.
The Daily Mercury has reported that around 100 positions will be lost in Mackay from their field services and equipment management groups, where two of the company’s largest clients are Rio Tinto and BMA.
The Morning Bulletin said around 65 jobs will be lost in the Rockhampton area.
Hastings Deering employs around 2500 people around Queensland, and distributes and maintains Caterpillar equipment for the mining and other industrial sectors.
The impending cuts represent a 16 per cent drop in manpower for the Queensland engineering company.
Mackay Resource Industry Group general manager Julie Boyd said news of the redundancies was very concerning, given the company already cut 200 jobs from Mackay and Rockhapton 12 months ago.
"The numbers that are coming out of Mackay, I'm not too sure about at this stage, but it is certainly a concern and a worry for the future opportunities of the region," she told the Daily Mercury.
"There have been rumours around about some of the things people have been doing to try and keep staff but it obviously gets to a point where ... they just need to cut staff to survive," she said.