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Union hopeful jobs can be saved

Support schemes: Resources Minister Anthony Roberts
Nanjing Night Net

Union representatives whomet with BHP Billiton on Wednesdayto discuss the Mount Arthur retrenchments say they had a positive hearing and hope negotiations will lead to“a better outcome than has been announced”.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union district president Peter Jordan said the union spoke about mitigating job losses and raised the use of contract labour. The partieswill meet again next Wednesday.

Resources Minister Anthony Robertssaidmine workerswho lost their jobs would be offered assistance through existing government programs to retrain retrenched workersand redeploy apprentices.

Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said the government needed to do more to support Hunter mining areas.

“The coal industry is clearly in structural decline.Mike Baird can no longer stick his head down the coal mine and needs to implement a transition plan for all the impacted workers, their families and communities of the Hunter.”

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