Administrators have confirmed that 180 jobs will be lost at Unity Mine near Neath. 30 staff will remain at the site while further investment is sought. Richard Morgan reports.
Saddened to hear of Unity Mine redundancies though glad some staff retained for maintenance. Calling for talks with Admins, WG, NUM & NPTCBC
"This is a savage blow to the miners, their families and our local community" says Neath MP Peter Hain
"The mineworkers union, myself and the Welsh Government have worked very hard to try and save the jobs but, depressingly, to no avail."
"I have asked the Administrator to keep the 25 apprentices on along with the care and maintenance staff so that these miners of the future can maintain their training course accreditations without which their prospect of becoming fully qualified will be badly damaged."
"The mine contains the highest quality anthracite for which there is a big world demand and, with the right investors, it could still have a bright future offering vital, highly skilled, well paid jobs.
Over the past few months the mine has commenced an operational transition from continuous mining, which was not economically viable due to prevailing geological conditions, to long wall mining.
For the Company to implement its new mining plan it will need to purchase long wall mining equipment, for which funding is not currently available.
While the Administrators are seeking this new investment a team of some 30 staff will undertake a care and maintenance programme to give the mine the best possible opportunity to attract the funds it needs.
It is intended that the new investment will facilitate the completion of the transition to long wall mining and that long term viability and sustainable employment opportunities can be achieved.
– Cork Gully LLP, Administrators
Following negotiations instigated by the Company’s directors over the past few months, the Administrators have already received a high level of enquiries from potential investors and discussions are on-going but no firm timetable can yet be set.
Administrators of Unity Mine, near Neath, have confirmed 80 jobs are to go at the colliery.
A team of 30 staff will remain at the site to carry out care and maintenance while investors are sought.