Spring Creek miners could head to Chch
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 6:06p.m.
By Hamish Clark
Miners at Spring Creek could be put to work on the Christchurch rebuild in an effort to help save their jobs.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says it is one of the options Solid Energy is investigating after suspending operations at the West Coast mine, placing the livelihoods of 230 workers in jeopardy.
“They have talked about taking some of the workforce, if they are keen, over to Christchurch in the short term, and be contracted to work on the rebuild over there,” he says. “They will talk to the union and see if that fits.”
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says it is an option he has been discussing with his Christchurch counterpart.
“Bob Parker and I have been working on this for the last four days and it is a very real possibility,” he says. “The families will still be on the West Coast, we can ship them across there on a weekly basis so they will stay here.”
The miners were suspended on full pay after the Spring Creek Mine was shut down last week. Mr Kokshoorn says that Solid Energy CEO Don Elder has admitted the company made mistakes.
“He said, 'We have made a few errors and we need to correct those,' and one of those errors is making sure that we look after the loyal work force they had, and that is exactly where they are moving now,” he says.
The workers will remain on full pay for until a decision is made, which is not expected for another four-to-six weeks.
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20/09/2012 2:22:29 p.m.
Aiden, once again, ill informed and very childish.
9/09/2012 3:17:06 a.m.
I would like to see again Christchurch, I intend to return there in 5 years or before if I have the opportunity to help in the reconstruction
8/09/2012 8:59:26 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE: "Solid Energy CEO Don Elder has admitted the company made mistakes.“He said, 'We have made a few errors and we need to correct those,' and one of those errors is making sure that we look after the loyal work force they had, and that is exactly where they are moving now,” he says.Well done Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, it is a great result, giving Solid Energy (An SOE)time to get their act together after puchasing Pike River Coal Mine in July and spending $70 million on land in Southland.Coal prices will go up again as sure as day follows night.
8/09/2012 7:13:30 a.m.
several hundred miners laid of in australia, several hundred contractors laid off in australia. kiwi's are no longer wanted over there in the mining. As for wanting miners in the christchurch rebuild, heck go for people with skills. so over hearing about greymouth. lets go back to pretending they don't exist, and they shouldnt smoke in mines causing them to explode
7/09/2012 11:05:37 p.m.
John Watson wrote:
What rebuild would they be employed on?As there would not be many trades people Apprenticed. Builders,electricians,plumbers ,Drain layers,or any other qualified persons that need to be required.We lost over 150 people in 2011 through bad workmanship,so god help Christchurch if it got hit again by a large earthquake,through unskilled workmanship.Like Joyce,and Brownlee,and a few others on the rebuild already.
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