Bligh holds urgent talks on mining jobs crisis

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Bligh holds urgent talks on mining jobs crisis

Qld Premier Anna Bligh is holding urgent talks with unions and the Queensland Resources Council today to discuss the effects of the slowing economy on the State’s mining industry.

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Qld Premier Anna Bligh is holding urgent talks with unions and the Queensland Resources Council today to discuss the effects of the slowing economy on the State’s mining industry.
 
Bligh has called the meeting after three mining companies announced they had sacked more than 500 workers at Queensland mines.
 
Job losses blamed on financial crisis
 
Xstrata, OzMinerals and Macarthur Coal all blamed the global financial crisis for the cuts, which Bligh said were unlikely to be the last.
 
‘The global economic crisis is starting to hurt Queensland,’ Bligh said. ‘We knew it was coming, but this week we have begun to see the reality of it.'
 
Bounce back
 
‘We are in unprecedented economic times and we need to be smart about how we respond to ensure we are ready to bounce back at the earliest opportunity, ‘ she said.

Bligh said today’s talks will focus on what is needed in the short-term to minimise the impact of the current economic climate on Queensland's regions.
 
Longer-term strategy
 
‘But we'll also look at a longer-term strategy to cater for future needs — particularly skills,’ she said.
 
Mines Minister Geoff Wilson and Departmental representatives from Regional Development and Industry met with unions yesterday to ensure displaced workers are getting support to find alternative employment.
 
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