Company working to relocate staff from closed mine

THE union representing mining workers said Peabody Energy had been acting "responsibly" after the company's decision to close its Wilkie Creek mine.

About 200 workers will be affected by the closure, and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union district vice-president Shane Brunker said a number of workers were likely to relocate with Peabody.

"At this stage the company's doing everything they can to relocate employees," he said.

"We'll be having mass meetings with the crews (this) afternoon. How long the mine stays open depends on how many relocate.

"Peabody seem to be actually acting responsibly, we had amicable negotiations … we just hope they keep behaving that way, that's all."

Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown said coal seam gas companies operating in the region had already taken on some workers.

"It's just before Christmas, and we're trying to get some surety for them," he said.

Topics:  peabody surat basin western downs wilkie creek coal mine

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