A miner in Western Australia's Mid West has slashed part of its work force, citing the current economic climate as one of the factors for the cuts.
At least 80 workers have been made redundant at MMG's Golden Grove mine, about 450 kilometres north-east of Perth.
MMG's Ted Woodruff says the company is undergoing a business restructure and as the site's new open pit mine is now completed, the full workforce at Golden Grove is no longer required.
"Redundancies are only one part of it, the restructure is designed to improve the operation costs of Golden Grove and obviously, while it's not the main reason, there are ongoing cost pressures and the decline of commodity prices has certainly had some influence," he said.
MMG mines zinc, copper and precious metals.