Blackwater, Dysart and Moranbah in firing line - union

BRACE yourselves permanent BMA mine workers who live in Blackwater, Dysart and Moranbah: you could be in the company's redundancy firing line.

That's who the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union claims could lose their positions in the company's job-cut crusade, announced this week.

CFMEU district secretary Tim Whyte yesterday claimed the job cuts across BMA could affect "one or two" fly-in, fly-out employees, but he understood that the majority would be from those respective mining towns.

The mining giant will seek voluntary redundancies from employees over coming weeks.

Mr Whyte claimed that those employees who applied for voluntary redundancies, but "were not accepted as suitable for a voluntary redundancy", would be transferred to other positions in the company.

However, those employees would have to apply for that job they were transferred to, Mr Whyte claimed.

"Essentially, that means those employees (who apply for voluntary redundancies) will be out on the road," Mr Whyte said.

The closest BMA mine sites to the three communities are Blackwater, Saraji, Goonyella Riverside (30km north of Moranbah) and Peak Downs (20km south of Moranbah).

The proposed redundancies would affect workers at those mine sites.

BMA announced this week that 700 jobs could be wiped from across the company including truck driving positions, crews from the pre-strip, dragline, pump crews, strip dozer employee pools and others.

In an email to the union, BMA indicated that 562 jobs would be lost across the four sites.

The remaining positions could be axed from administrative positions at the Brisbane head office, Mr Whyte claimed.

"Overall, BMA, along with the Queensland and Australian governments, wants to try to 'contractualise' its operations," Mr Whyte said.

"This is all about getting a cheaper workforce, getting rid of unions and the higher pay scale to save money, which they'll only be doing in the short-term.

"The company's rationale for these redundancies is due to the high Australian dollar."

Mr Whyte said the average wage for a permanent worker, who was likely to be affected, was between $90,000 and $110,000.

"There are more than 4000 contractors across BMA, none of them are being axed ... most of the permanent employees will be," he said.

BMA last night could not respond to the claims before The Morning Bulletin's deadline.

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