Treasury favoured an investment in the Spring Creek mine by Cargill International, but four years later said the mine was held back by the joint venture.
Hundreds of Spring Creek miners have been told they’re out of work.
Just days after hearing their jobs were gone, many workers from the Spring Creek Mine were back at another meeting.
The battle over whether a new coal mine should be opened on the West Coast is once again heating up.
Miners say they their hearts were ripped out today when a plan to save Spring Creek Mine was rejected by the Government.
The Spring Creek Mine had lost $100 million in the past five years.
The West Coast coal mine which where more than 200 jobs will be cut had lost $100 million in the last five years.
West Coast miners from Solid Energy's Spring Creek Mine plan to march through Wellington today to protest 220 job cuts.
Workers from Spring Creek mine plan to protest in Wellnigton tomorrow.
A plan which aims to speed up the resumption of work at the Spring Creek Mine will today be put to the board of directors.
Solid Energy is preparing to meet with its board tomorrow to decide the fate of the Spring Creek Mine and the team of around 230 people who work there.
Spring Creek Mine managers are working with worker representatives on a recommendation for underground development to resume at the site, Solid Energy says.
The Government wants the Spring Creek mine to remain open, but its hands are tied in terms of how much influence it has over the decision, Prime Minister John Key says.
Greymouth's mayor is crossing his fingers that something positive will come from his meeting with Steven Joyce today.
The Govt is being warned that the long term affects of Spring Creek mine closing would rock the whole South Island.
Around 1000 protestors hit the streets of Greymouth this afternoon, angry at the possible closure of Solid Energy’s Spring Creek mine.
Spring Creek miners will march on Tuesday in a bid to convince state-owned coal miner Solid Energy to keep their mine open.
Solid Energy has cut more jobs, axing another 65 workers at it's Christchurch head office.
An uncertain future hangs over 200 miners at Spring Creek on the West Coast, with the suspension of the mines oprations under major restructuring today.
The union for many staff at Solid Energy mines says it will try to find a way to stop job losses in Waikato and on the West Coast.
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