BMA's coal mining job cuts put stress levels up for families

YEPPOON mum and wife Victoria Murray knows the stresses that come with losing a mining job.

School fees, food for the cupboards and house payments would come crashing down on her family if husband Maurice lost his job.

Maurice works at the underground Crinum coal mine site, near Gregory, and is thankfully not one of the 700 miners who could lose their jobs in Central Queensland, as announced by BMA on Tuesday.

A Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union spokesman yesterday confirmed 231 miners were losing their jobs at the mining goliath's Blackwater operations.

The Morning Bulletin understands more than 100 jobs will be cut across the pre-strip, dragline, pump crew and strip dozer employee pools.

Yesterday The Morning Bulletin could not confirm how many jobs could be wiped at BMA's other Queensland mine sites.

Victoria wanted families who might be affected by the losses to know they weren't alone.

She said her husband had lost his job several times in the past two years because his contracts had expired.

"It's such a stressful time because he is the sole income earner for our family," she said.

Victoria and Maurice also have five children to take care of. Two of their older children are in private school.

When Maurice comes home for his rest and relaxation period, she doesn't like to bother him much on his first day back.

"After that, I expect him to be part of the family," she said.

"It's often the case where some miners just want to spend time alone to recuperate from their time out working, and that's completely understandable."

CFMEU Blackwater vice president Chris Brodsky said the union was meeting with the company in Moranbah today to see if the number of job losses could be minimised.


Big Blackwater exporter

The Blackwater BMA mine site exports 14 million tonnes of coal a year.

Blackwater BMA operations started in 1967 and is considered one of the largest open-cut Australian operations.

Six draglines are being used for overburden removal while two fleets of truck and shovels are paired for hauling.

Coal is mined by four front-end loaders, a hydraulic shovel and 15 160t capacity coal haulers.

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