Up to 90 workers are Anglo American’s German Creek coal mine are expected to be made redundant.
The forced redundancies are allegedly not related to ongoing strikes at the Middlemount mine involving about 140 workers.
“Despite the recent increase in coal prices the proposal to permanently park a full pre-strip circuit is considered to be the best option to ensure the long-term viability of the operation,” an Anglo American spokesperson said.
“If the proposal proceeds following consultation, Anglo American is proposing to conduct a forced redundancy process which will result in a headcount reduction of 90 roles across the site.”
CFMEU Mining and Energy Division QLD District Vice-President Glenn Power said this is yet another blow for workers who have tried to bargain in good faith with the company for the last three years since the expiration of their former agreement.
“This premeditated and coordinated attack by Anglo is nothing but a tool of intimidation aimed at picking off workers who are vocal about protecting their rights and conditions,” said Mr Power.
“It is despicable that under our current industrial system, a company can drag a bargaining process along for almost three years, have no intention to bargain in good faith, and simply get rid of workers who are only trying to do what’s right for them and their families.”
The union is calling on the mining giant to “immediately retract their position and return to the bargaining table in good faith to reach positive outcomes for the community”.
The German Creek protected industrial action is ongoing and the union will continue to advocate on behalf of its members.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Anglo had engaged labour hire company WorkPac to advertise to replace the striking workforce.