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More jobs lost at Russell Vale pit

Almost 50 miners have lost their jobs at Russell Vale and Wongawilli collieries. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

Almost 50 miners have lost their jobs at Russell Vale and Wongawilli collieries. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

ALMOST 50 of Gujarat NRE Coking Coal’s 450 workers have finished employment at its Russell Vale and Wongawilli mines on Friday.

Chairman Jasbir Singh announced 47 people had been offered a voluntary redundancy package, after the company was forced to restructure its workforce at its two collieries.

The company planned to shed about 90 jobs, due to high production costs, unstable global markets and delayed expansion approvals.

Mr Singh said over the last three to four months considerable effort had been directed to ensuring the mines remain operational and as many jobs as possible are maintained.

The Russell Vale mine, better known locally as South Bulli, is the oldest operating underground colliery in Australia.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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