Jobs set to go from mine

CULL: BGC Contracting are set to cut 50 jobs from an iron ore mine near Whyalla, according to union officials.
CULL: BGC Contracting are set to cut 50 jobs from an iron ore mine near Whyalla, according to union officials.

More than 50 jobs are set to go at Iron Duke with BGC Contracting telling union officials they plan to shut down a digger and several dump trucks at the mining site.

It’s a tough pill for workers to swallow after several weeks of positivity stemming from the sale of the former Arrium business to Liberty House.

CMFEU Official Greg Warner said it was a ‘kick in the guts’ for the workers.

“I’ve been insisting that local workers must be the last ones to leave that mine site. Anyone from out of town must go first,” he said.

Mr Warner is yet to hear a reason for the job cuts, but was set to meet with BGC Contracting and SIMEC to get more information about the cull.

SIMEC are currently running the mining operations under the banner of GFG Alliance, with Liberty House manning the steelmaking business

Mr Warner said he would be talking to SIMEC about taking directly on a number of the miners as opposed to using contractors

“It’s a negative result for the union as well, we’ve worked so hard to keep OneSteel and Arrium up and running and then we hear that over 50 jobs are set to go,” he said.

The Whyalla News has contacting BGC Contracting for comment.

BGC Contracting is Australia’s largest privately owned mining and construction contractor, operating from offices in Perth, Brisbane, Whyalla and Sydney, and has branches in several regional areas.

In 2015 BGC Contracting cut 125 jobs from South Australia’s north as part of scaling back production from its Iron Knob and South Middleback Ranges mine sites.

The cut equated to 65 redundancies at Iron Knob and 60 at South Middleback, near Whyalla.

In 2012, BGC Contracting was awarded a contract to complete site works for then-Arrium Mining at the South Middleback Ranges iron ore site 60km north west of Whyalla. In 2014, BGC Contracting were awarded a ontract by then-Arrium Mining to reopen an iron ore mine at Iron Knob.