Union disgusted as 20 jobs lost at Hay Point
CFMEU Mackay vice president Steve Pierce was disgusted to learn 20 positions from BHP Biliiton's Hay Point coal terminal would be made redundant in June.
He said the union were only notified this morning of the cuts, and had questions over why 19 of those redundancies went to workers with Enterprise Agreements.
The redundancies were due to come into play next month, and Mr Pierce said that workers had not been given enough time to come to terms with their job losses.
He said it was a poor way of treating people who had helped achieve record producitivty at the port in the last year.
LISTEN: CFMEU Mackay vice president Steve Pierce talks about the BHP Billiton redundancies.
But BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance asset president Rag Udd said the changes were an important part of BMA's efforts to achieve improved productivity and cost efficiencies in a sector that continues to face challenging market conditions.
"We are continuously reviewing our operations to see where we can be more cost efficient and productive and HPCT is a critical part of our logistics chain," Mr Udd said.
"Today we've advised our workforce we intend to align HPCT rosters with those at our other mining operations by changing from a five panel roster to a four-panel equal time roster."
"Ensuring the efficient and competitive operation of the port is critical to our ability to run a more productive value chain.''
The changes will directly impact 20 roles, performed by a mixture of employees and staff.
BMA is committed to consulting with employees and their representatives about the implementation of these decisions.
Mr Udd said he understood that the decision would cause uncertainty for employees, their families, and nearby local communities, and BMA was endeavouring to provide support and information during the implementation period.
"As we implement the decision announced today, BMA will continue to work closely with employees and the local community to manage the impacts of the decision and provide regular updates about the consultation process," Mr Udd said.
EARLIER: TWENTY jobs have been cut at BMA'S Hay Point Coal Terminal after a meeting with staff this morning, the Daily Mercury can reveal.
A letter obtained by the Daily Mercury signed by general manager Peter Hanrahan outlines the changes to BMA's Hay Point Coal Terminal.
It states "with current market conditions and prolonged low coal prices forecasted, the business has had to consider all options to improve safe productivity and reduce unit costs at all its operations".
"This work is important to ensure operations remain sustainable over the long term."
"It is our priority to provide our employees and stakeholders with clarity regarding the changes as soon as possible.
"As was announced, a decision has been made to:
- Fully automate the Dump Station Control area effective from June 2016
- Move to a four panel roster effective from June 2016
"The changes will result in a surplus of 19 EA roles and 1 non-EA role."
The letter concluded, "During this period, as always, please continue to maintain your focus on being safe, doing the basics right on every task and look out for your team mates".