ANOTHER 230 jobs from the mining industry will be sacrificed after BHP Billiton subsidiary BMA said it would slash its workforce at the Saraji mine in Dysart, central Queensland.
It adds to about 8000 jobs that have gone from the industry in Queensland in the past two years.
The company said the jobs had to go to ensure competitiveness and the mine’s viability.
BHP Billiton has also been producing record amounts of coal from central Queensland in an attempt to drive down costs.
Just last month analysts were cheering the world’s biggest mining company for “smashing it out of the park” with coal production up 10 per cent. It also claimed it would able to deliver better returns for its shareholders.
But costs have crippled mining companies after many went on a spending spree during the boom.
BMA said an efficiency review found it had too many workers at Saraji.
“There will be approximately 230 employee and contractor roles impacted. Further consultation will occur with employees at the mine to determine how reductions will be achieved,” the company said.
BMA Asset President Lucas Dow said he understood that uncertainty caused by the consultations would be difficult for employees, contractors, their families and the community of Dysart.