Alistair Brightman

Employees of Burton Coal Mine notified of redundancy via SMS

EMPLOYEES at Peabody Energy's Burton coking coal mine are fuming after receiving text messages saying they were being made redundant.

While crews were advised that bulk SMS and phone calls may be used to tell them of the redundancy they were shocked to receive the text message.

The text message read:

We wish to advise you that your position at Burton will no longer be required. You will be released from the project by way of redundancy. Information updates will takes place with crews this evening and tomorrow.

Theiss said in a statement that crews were advised on the mine's intention in August but apologised for the oversight.

"Our Burton team was advised of our client's intention to scale down operations through a series of presentations held in early August," the statement read.

"Crews were advised that bulk SMS and phone calls may be used to communicate progress, however the use of SMS in this instance was an error and we apologise.

"Other affected personnel were notified in person."

One employee who contacted the Daily Mercury said the message was 'unprofessional and cruel'.

"This is how Thiess chose to employees of Peabody's Burton Coal Mine that they had lost their jobs," the employee wrote.

"No mistake made. This is appalling and beyond unprofessional and cruel.

"Employees had been made aware redundancies would take place, but not specifically who or specifically when. This text was our notice."


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