John Holland axes Isaac Plains mine jobs

The miners' union says it is disappointing the operators of a central Queensland mine are putting profits ahead of people one week before Christmas.

Yesterday, John Holland announced it would be cutting 108 jobs from its operations at the Isaac Plains mine near Moranbah.

The company has offered redeployment options for some of the affected employees.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union's Steve Smyth says the option of remaining within the company does not suit all workers.

"John Holland is a large company, you could be redeployed outside the coal industry in Gladstone or somewhere else," he said.

"Obviously it depends on the individual worker and their circumstances whether they have to move from a community to somewhere else.

"Redeployment is an option but we prefer permanent employment but it always comes down to the individuals' choice." Mr Smyth says there are other ways coal companies can reduce costs without slashing jobs.

"They could look at roster arrangements, job sharing and the list goes on," he said.

"The problem with these coal companies is that they take the easy option of laying workers off or wanting to maintain the bottom line of profits over people, it's very disappointing the way companies approach it." He says the timing of the announcement just before Christmas will impact heavily on those who have been made redundant.

"It's going to have a pretty traumatic effect and these workers, their families, as well as the community of Moranbah for those that live here and the outlying areas," he said.

"It's just not a good time for anyone to be looking for a job."

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