CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth.
CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth. Tara Miko

UPDATE: Anglo denies targeting striking workers in redundancies

UPDATE 3PM: ANGLO American has "completely rejected” claims that striking workers were targeted for 82 redundancies at it's German Creek coal mine.

However, the CFMEU has claimed that 32 of the 33 workers who have received redundancies since Friday were part of the strike, launched more than 100 days ago over protracted enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations.

CFMEU Mackay district president Steve Smyth believed the company was "clearly trying to pick off union members”.

He said legal action would follow.

"Out of 33 permanent local workers, 32 of those are workers who had been on strike. Anglo cannot tell us this isn't an exercise to pick off workers who only wanted certainty over job security,” Mr Smyth said.

"This attack on workers will affect dozens of families and is a blow to the local community. It is a clear step towards prioritising casualisation of employment in German Creek.

However, an Anglo American spokeswoman said the company "completely rejects the ongoing accusation that this is a targeted campaign directed toward employees currently on strike”.

The CFMEU had also stated that workers were notified of their redundancy by email.

The Anglo spokeswoman said this wasn't true, stating that every impacted employee had been asked to attend the site for a face to face meeting,

"In a minority of cases, employees were not able to be reached by phone and the request to attend for a face to face meeting was also emailed,” she said.

"This was done to eliminate any unreasonable delay for employees who will be understandably anxious.

"We are committed to working with impacted employees in ensuring all entitlements are immediately available whilst also providing additional support during this difficult period.”

A further 49 positions are expected to be made redundant at the mine shortly.

The union planned to meet with affected workers at 11am Monday.

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