Ausdrill axes workshop jobs
Kalgoorlie-born mining services giant Ausdrill has chopped at least 13 positions this week from its Goldfields workforce believed to be centred on its Boulder workshop after a restructure of its Australian exploration divisions.
In a letter seen by the Kalgoorlie Miner, the company informed staff who could be affected of the redundancies, saying they had come after a review of the operating model in the Kalgoorlie workshop.
“These volumes of work are not able to sustain the current size of the workshop and as a result a number of roles have been identi- fied as no longer required,” a company representative wrote.
Responding to questions from the Kalgoorlie Miner, an Ausdrill spokesman confirmed 13 positions had been made redundant this week after the merger of its Ausdrill Northwest and Ausdrill Exploration businesses.
“Ausdrill can confirm that a small number of positions have been made redundant as a result of a decision to bring together the company’s two Australian-based surface exploration businesses into a single business and structural changes within Ausdrill’s maintenance workshops,” he said.
“The changes were a difficult but necessary decision to ensure Aus- drill can continue to deliver the services customers expect in a cost-efficient manner.
“Ausdrill provided support to all impacted staff, including discussing redeployment options and access to the employee assistance program.”
However, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has taken aim at the cuts, saying they have come at a time of growth in the Goldfields mining industry.
“I think it’s terrible when mining is on the climb that all of these guys find themselves without a job,” AMWU State secretary Steve McCartney said.
“I think it’s irresponsible of Ausdrill, I think there’s more to it than just merging a couple of organisations together.
“If they were considering doing that they should have been talking to our members a long time ago.”
Mr McCartney said the union wants to meet with Ausdrill “as soon as possible”.
Ausdrill, which has a market capitalisation of more than $800 million, was founded by Kalgoorlie-Boulder businessman Ron Sayers with a single drill rig in 1987 and is one of the region’s most prominent businesses.
Its global staff numbers across Australia and Africa have grown to 7000 after its merger with underground mining contractor Barminco last year.