A doomed mission for jobs
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 7:00p.m.
How much more can the West Coast take?
This morning 12 Spring Creek miners got in a minibus to make the long journey to Parliament in a desperate attempt to save their jobs.
The group was going to present the Government with a plan to keep the mine open and their jobs safe.
The West Coast community had fundraised to hire the van, pay for petrol, their rooms at a Picton backpackers and the cost of the ferry across the straight.
The men say they expected around 70 workers to lose their jobs, but at 4pm this afternoon they got a phone call they, along with the families they left behind, were dreading.
John Sellwood is the only reporter to have spent the day with them.
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25/09/2012 7:22:50 p.m.
Is coal from Indonesia currently imported for the Huntly power station?
25/09/2012 3:13:28 p.m.
i feel sorry for all the mine out in the west coast
25/09/2012 10:39:05 a.m.
Get behind Buller Coal (Bathurst) the Greenies have already cost it $15 mil in time wasting exercises against the grant to mine the already have. They will bring 400 jobs plus and billions of dollars to NZ plus taking very good care of the environment - all - including the latter, documented and agreed to. We are a joke to the Aussies re the time wasting appeals going on.
24/09/2012 11:08:12 p.m.
Looks like its just been lip service all the way from senz. Let's hope the government listens to some real men as they head to parliament tomorrow they have a completely viable plan with them. Save our mine save the coast!!!!!
24/09/2012 10:57:41 p.m.
Good on you, John and team at TV 3!!! Great work! With this publicity and support things will change in our country. Thank you on behalf on many parents in Dunedin!!
24/09/2012 9:52:21 p.m.
Tell us this how can a business buy another coal mine, pike river, if they Donot have the cash flow. Come on the government / powers to be, need to let it go and let another oversea company purchase it. They will work it and keep NZ going. People need to be held up front and tell the truth. Come on coasters we might have to close the road and stand by outselfs. Just show thoses big wigs we are NOT feral.
24/09/2012 9:26:29 p.m.
the don, has made aright mess of solidenergy. apparently he can only make money on a rising market. no reserves kept. whose the sucker at 1.6m pa?. we are. if he had balls he would go himself but lacking them he needs a push. fords last famous job was timberlands and we all know what happened to that. these pricks never lose but everybody else has to pay. THEY SHOULD RESIGN TODAY.
24/09/2012 8:05:51 p.m.
We are all supporting you guys standing up for the West Coast, John Keys made promises to support jobs not take them away, 2 state owned enterprises annouced staff layoffs today, How about some layoffs in the beehive as lead by example it is top heavy sucking the country dry. There will be no jobs left the way they are going then where will they get revenue for there big salaries from.
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