BHP must invest in supporting the thousands of mineworkers at its giant Mt Arthur mine in the Hunter Valley after announcing it intends to close the mine in 2030, the Mining and Energy Union said today.
Up to 2000 direct jobs will be affected, with many more businesses and jobs in the region reliant on the mine for their livelihoods.
MEU Northern Mining District President Robin Williams said the eight-year timeframe would cause concern for workers and the company must reassure them about steps being taken to invest in their future.
“BHP has made and is continuing to make enormous profits from the Mt Arthur mine, especially with current high coal prices.
“We will be advocating on behalf of our members and their families that BHP mustn’t just cut and run, they must invest in a plan for the future of jobs and economic activity in the area.
“Workers have been taken by surprise by today’s announcement. BHP must be upfront and engage with their workforce and local communities to develop a plan that protects their interests into the future.”