BHP Billiton’s Illawarra Coal to shed 36 jobs

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Appin coal mine, NSW Image credit: flickr User: FlyingTales

BHP Billiton’s (ASX: BHP) subsidiary Illawarra Coal has announced that it will cut 36 jobs as part of its “organizational review” that is set to be completed by June 30th.

Appin coal mine, NSW Image credit: flickr User: FlyingTales
Appin coal mine, NSW
Image credit: flickr User: FlyingTales

According to the article on Illawarra Mercury, the company will enforce the decision in the middle of 2014 at its Australian coal mines in the south coast, with contractor and head office positions affected by the measure.

The decision to cut job positions is said to be the first phase of the “organizational review,” with the second phase of reforms to be focused on “operational activities.”

The company claims that the job cut is necessary to ensure the business’ future competitiveness.

‘‘It would be inappropriate to speculate at this point on the future outcomes of the review,’’ said a company spokeswoman, not ruling out future cuts.

‘‘We will work closely with those who will be affected and provide the appropriate support services. These workforce changes are essential to secure the future competitiveness of our business and will ensure we have the right number of people doing the right work to support our operations,” said Illawarra Coal Asset President Troy McDonald.

‘‘Illawarra Coal will treat all employees fairly and with respect, and ensure that they are kept informed.”

Based in Wollongong and operating in the Illawarra and Wollondilly regions, south of Sydney, New South Wales, Illawarra Coal employs about 2,200 workers and operates three high-volume underground long wall mines- Appin, West Cliff and Dendrobium- as well as two coal preparation plants- one at West Cliff and the other at Port Kembla.