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Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt.

Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks.

CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the job cuts to again blast the practice of casualisation and outsourcing, which he said made it easier for companies like Anglo to simply discard workers when they were not wanted anymore. 

“All of us in the industry have been shaken by the terrible events of 6 May at Grosvenor mine,” Mr Smyth said. 

“Workers at Grosvenor have had to deal with the trauma of those events, an on-going inquiry into what occurred and uncertainty over the future of their jobs.

“Today they’ve had the terrible news that 100 positions will be cut.”  

An Anglo spokeswoman said the company had continued to support the Grosvenor workforce since the suspension of longwall mining activities to enable it to work through future plans step by step.

“As part of planning work underway to support the safe restart of longwall operations in the second half of 2021, we have been reviewing our workforce plan to determine the best structure for Grosvenor going forward,” she said.

“As an initial step, over the last month (contractor) One Key Resources has been seeking expressions of interest from the Grosvenor workforce for voluntary redundancies. 

“Whilst there has been some interest in voluntary redundancies, there are discussions occurring with workforce representatives about how additional reductions can be achieved.

“Over and above what is required in workforce agreements, Anglo American will be providing redundancy benefits to the eligible One Key workforce impacted by the workforce reductions.

“After more than five months since we ceased production, we have reluctantly taken these steps to ensure that the mine can continue to support the majority of its remaining workforce, of around 650 people, and successfully return to safe production next year.”

She confirmed the company expected to reduce the Grosvenor workforce by around 100 roles including expressions of interest received in voluntary redundancies.

“We are also assessing opportunities to absorb some of the impacted people into other roles at the mine,” she said.