Aus­drill axes work­shop jobs

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Josh Chiat

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.

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