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