NQ mine workers lingering in limbo after new job offers

COLLINSVILLE mineworkers and community members have been left "devastated and distraught" with the current status of Glencore Xstrata job offers.

More than 300 jobs were lost when Thiess's contract with the Collinsville Coal mine ended in September and Glencore Xstrata announced it would take over the operations of the mine in February.

CFMEU mining and energy Queensland president Steve Smyth addressed the current job situation with mine workers at the Collinsville Community Centre yesterday.

Mr Smyth spoke about developments in the company's plans to restart production at the mine.

He said past employees had to reapply for their jobs.

A Glencore Xstrata spokesman said more than 2300 people applied for positions.

The spokesman said Glencore Xstrata planned to begin operations in 2014 with a "small group of employees".

"We have informed those candidates who have not been selected as part of the initial intake that we will retain their details and review their suitability for subsequent recruitment intakes as we continue to ramp up operations through 2014," the spokesman said.

The union estimated at least 75% of locals who applied for jobs "they have carried out for years" received "thanks but no thanks" letters from Glencore, referring them to a third-party hiring firm for any possibilities of working at the Collinsville mine in the future.

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