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FUTURE OF MORE THAN 200 HUNTER MINE WORKERS UNDER A CLOUD

The future of more than 200 employees at Yancoal’s Austar Mine in the Hunter Valley is under a cloud, after the company announced it will stand down and where possible re-deploy much of its workforce.

It comes as Yancoal awaits the outcome of legal proceedings in relation to two prohibition notices issued earlier this year.

In a statement CEO Reinhold Schmidt said “We have worked to redeploy the majority of the Austar workforce to the Ashton, Abel and Moolarben underground mines in the interests of providing continued employment for our people.”

A skeleton crew will continue to work at the site near Cessnock, in a care and maintenance capacity.

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