Huntly East miners are bracing themselves for more
redundancies as the Government scrambles to fix the financial
mess within Solid Energy, which one miner blamed on former
boss Don Elder.
Ross Vernon, a third generation miner and mechanical fitter
at Huntly East, today said Solid Energy should never have
gone outside its core business of mining coal - and doing so
had led to its $389 million debt which had promted the
Government to consider a bailout.
Mr Vernon, speaking outside a union meeting, said it was
disgusting that 70 workers were hired during the last year
with the promise of a 25-year future with the company, only
to be then made redundant.
He said the mood inside the union meeting where 70 of the
mine's 170 staff gathered, was one of concern.
If job losses were the result of the latest turmoil, as
feared, they would "devestate" the town.
- By Natalie Akoorie of the New Zealand Herald