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270 jobs lost at Aberpergwm coal mine

A mine in the Neath valley has confirmed that 270 jobs have been lost. The owners of the Aberpergwm coal mine were considering the suspension of operations at the site near Glynneath in October last year.

A director of the mine, Karl Picton-Jones, told ITV Wales, that 270 workers were laid off in December and the mine would be kept open for "care and maintenance".

Production ended before Christmas after the owners - American firm Walter Energy - said it was considering a shutdown due to economic conditions.

"We could see it open again if the international price of coal picks up" said Mr Picton-Jones.

Twenty staff will be kept on to look after the site, he added.

The Aberpergwm coal mine Credit: ITV Wales News

Welsh Government "disappointed" by Neath mine proposals

The Welsh Government has issued the following response to the announcement that 270 jobs could be lost at the Aberpergwm colliery in Neath.

We are very disappointed with this announcement, which will come as a blow to the workers, their families and the local community.

"However, we are currently working with Walter Energy management to ensure that those affected by redundancy will be offered support via the React programme and to discuss how the Welsh Government officials can support the company.

In addition officials remain in discussion with Walter to explore additional support for the remaining workforce via the workforce development programme to address any skills gaps as a result of the redundancies."


Talks begin over Neath mine shut down

270 jobs could be affected after the owner of Aberpergwm Colliery in the Neath Valley begins talks on whether to suspend activity.

American firm Walter Energy says the proposal is a "result of a challenging economic environment which continues to heavily impact the global coal industry".

The firm insists that during the consultation period most of the employees will remain at home on full pay.

However up to 100 employees may be required to continue working at the mine to continue development works within the upper drift.

Early indications are that if the firm proceeds with the outlined proposals only a small number of employees would be retained to keep the mine in a safe condition until operationsresume.