More than 100 workers lose jobs as mining operation shuts down
More than 250 workers have lost their jobs as the Queensland mine closure continues.
Key points:Workers have been laid off as a result of the closure of the Magpie mineKey points More than 1,000 miners are now unemployedThe mine closed in March, forcing up to 800 people to stay in hotelsThe mining operation was one of two mines in the Northern Territory to close its doorsThe mine operated in the Magpies, a remote community of about 60 people, until late January, when the Queensland Government declared the site a national disaster.
Key point:Employers in the mining industry were worried about the impact on their staffThe closure is affecting thousands of Queenslanders and a number of mine operators have left the area, including mine owner Magpie Minerals.
Magpie said on Friday it was shutting down the mining operation, which was one in a series of mine closures across the country.
“This is not a new situation for us, but we feel it is appropriate to provide more clarity around what is happening,” chief executive Andrew MacLean said in a statement.
“As we have said before, the closure is temporary, and the majority of mine staff are safe and accounted for.”
It’s important to emphasise that there are no employees affected.”‘
I just want to get back to work’The closure has hit the Queensland economy hard, with unemployment in the state soaring.
About 1,200 Queenslanders are now out of work, according to the Department of Primary Industries.
Magpies chairman and mining partner Andrew Maclean said he was “devastated” to be leaving the community and the community was devastated.”
I just really want to be back to the Magpetes,” Mr MacLean told ABC Radio Queensland.”
We’ve been working really hard, we’ve been helping people out there, we’re not leaving anyone behind.
“He said the company was not trying to shut down the mine, but would be able to reopen it.”
There’s no immediate plan to reopen the mine and there’s a lot of work that we’ve got to do,” he said.”
But it’s really unfortunate that there’s not going to be a mine reopened.
“I just just want them to come back to Queensland, and I’m sure they’re going to come to Queensland.”
Magpie was the largest employer in the community, with almost 2,000 employees, and was one out of the three mines that closed.
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