LDO has announced plans to reduce its workforce at the Chain Valley Colliery by more than a third.
The miner will drop its workforce from 207 to 134 workers, according to the Newcastle Herald.
Speaking to a Chain Valley Colliery spokesperson, he told Australian Mining that the workforce reduction will come in the form of voluntary redundancies and consultation.
It comes after LDO brought around 60 workers retrenched from the Ravensworth mine.
Existing workers at the site claim that LDO is looking to retrench them in favour of the workers brought across from Ravensworth.
Speaking to the CFMEU’s Northern District head Peter Jordan, he told Australian Mining the CFMEU could not comment on the rumours on site.
However he did say “[the job cuts] are disappointing news for the workers at the Chain Valley mine,” adding that the CFMEU “has been working with LDO and is currently in discussions and consultation with them on the options to mitigate job losses” at the site.
LDO stated that “all reasonable avenues to reduce the impact on individuals will be investigated, including the offer of voluntary retrenchment to permanent employees”.
‘‘Redeployment will be thoroughly investigated with some job opportunities possibly available within the company’s associated operation.’’
The Chain Valley Colliery is currently looking to expand its operations at the site.