108 mine workers sacked in Qld: union

More than 100 mine workers have been sacked from the Isaac Plains coal mine in central Queensland, a union says.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said the full-time contract workers have been told they're out of a job, less than a week before Christmas.

He said the decision, affecting 108 workers, was short sighted and the timing terrible.

"(They) could be doing better by their workforce rather than forcing the sacking of a large swathe of them during the hardest time of the year for miners to find new employment," Mr Smyth said.

"This knee-jerk decision goes to the heart of mining companies focusing on maintaining boom-time profits as coal prices come off the boil."

The mine is owned by Brazilian mining giant Vale and Japan's Sumitomo, and is operated by John Holland.

Mr Smyth said the union would do everything possible to ensure John Holland provided affected workers with their full entitlements and help to find alternative employment.

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