Miners to find out if jobs safe
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 5:44a.m.
By 3 News staff
The fate of two Solid Energy mines is expected to be revealed today, as the company announces its plans to cut costs.
Huntly East Mine and Spring Creek in Greymouth are the two believed to be on the block.
Together the two mines employ more than 400 people.
Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder recently revealed that operations at the Spring Creek Mine were being reviewed, leaving West Coasters fearing the axe will fall on them.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says it'll be another huge blow for the Area.
“Coal runs through our veins here in the Grey District. It is a big part of our economy, we enjoy coal mining. Greymouth was built on coal mining. So yes it will hurt us but we’ll find another way around it.”
Mayor Kokshoorn believes Solid Energy could be making a grave mistake.
Workers at Spring Creek have all been called to a meeting with company bosses at 1pm today.
Falling coal prices have forced Solid Energy to complete a company-wide review.
The Spring Creek mine is currently in development phase and consting $5 million a month to keep open.
3 News / RadioLIVE
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