More jobs are set to go at Hastings Deering

ABOUT 100 people in the Mackay region are expected to lose their jobs as part of Hastings Deering's decision to slash about 400 positions.

A source revealed the Mackay jobs would go from the field services and equipment management groups, with people expected to be laid off from Wednesday.

In a statement, the mining services company announced plans to reduce its permanent workforce. "It is anticipated that this will result in approximately 400 redundancies across Hastings Deering's business which will occur in August," the statement read.

CFMEU district vice president Steve Pierce said discussions were still to be held with Hastings Deering about the number of job losses in the region.

"We understand that Mackay and Rockhampton are going to take the bulk of the hit," he said. "Obviously it's going to have another impact on Mackay."

The company blamed challenging market conditions for the decision.

Mackay Resource Industry Group general manager Julie Boyd said the news was very concerning, given the job losses already sustained.

"The numbers that are coming out of Mackay, I'm not too sure about at this stage, but it is certainly a concern and a worry for the future opportunities of the region," she said.

"There have been rumours around about some of the things people have been doing to try and keep staff but it obviously gets to a point where ... they just need to cut staff to survive," she said.

Mr Pierce said the union had not been given any indication from Hastings Deering that jobs would be slashed.

The CFMEU and AMWU will meet with Hastings Deering to discuss the cuts. Hastings Deering did not confirm how many jobs would go from Mackay.

Unemployment figures

  • Mackay's unemployment stands at 4.9%.
  • Townsville unemployment is slightly higher at 5.4%.
  • Cairns unemployment is high at 7.1%.

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