Parent company of Ulan Coal, Glencore will enact operational changes to combat the global downturn of coal markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This includes staff being forced to take leave during temporary shutdowns planned to take place during the September school holidays in NSW.
A Glencore spokesperson confirmed to the Mudgee Guardian that conversations are underway with affected staff.
"We have started discussions with our Ulan Coal employees on measures to manage the site's coal production profile as the COVID-19 pandemic overseas continues to impact markets," they said.
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"The proposed measures include a combination of temporary shutdowns and operational changes that will enable Ulan to continue operations, manage the current market volatility, and limit the impact on our workforce."
Affected staff will be required to take leave in the coming months and the spokesperson said these measures are in line with previous downturns.
"The temporary shutdowns will last for up to two weeks and are planned to coincide with the September school holidays. Workers will be required to take leave during this time," they said.
"The changes are consistent with measures put in place in the past in response to challenging global market conditions."
More to come.