Contract crib relief haul truck operators at Yancoal's Mount Thorley Warkworth mine are expecting to hear their jobs are gone or numbers drastically cut at a specially convened meeting at Singleton Diggers Club this afternoon.
The Singleton Argus has been told the cuts could be as high as 100.
The employees, all contracted to Yancoal through Programmed Skilled Workforce at Singleton, have been summonds to a meeting at Singleton Diggers Club to be held at 4pm today, Thursday to learn their fate.
Concerned contractors have said Crib Relief operators have been a part of Mount Thorley Warkworth Operations for over 13 years. The majority of them women, many single with dependant children.
“Within weeks of Yancoal taking posession of the mine from Rio Tinto last September they had wiped the name Coal and Allied (after well over 100 years in the Hunter Valley) from the landscape,” they told the Argus.
“Don't sit back and watch them wipe these workers from the landscape.”
A spokesman for for mine’s owners Yancoal said “We can confirm Programmed Skilled Workforce will be meeting with its contractors to discuss the MTW operation this afternoon.”
“Following the acquisition, we have conducted a review of the operation and will be implementing changes to current contractor arrangements.
“We will be better placed to provide further information following the meeting. It is important the Programmed management team have an opportunity to speak with their workforce first.”