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Redundant miners have no food, about to lose homes, cars

Tony Pyke is one of 75 workers made redundant as Cockatoo Coal continues to struggle in the mining downturn.
Tony Pyke is one of 75 workers made redundant as Cockatoo Coal continues to struggle in the mining downturn.

WORKERS who lost their jobs in the latest round of redundancies at Cockatoo Coal are such dire situations financially, they can't put food on the table.

A number of the 75 workers have posted comments on The Bulletin's website or contacted the news outlet in private messages about how dire their situations are.

Tony Pyke, who lives in Gracemere, said he has exhausted all of his savings, he can't get Centrelink due to not receiving a separation certificate and even if he did and went ahead to put in a claim, he believes it would be rejected because the redundancy payout is still expected to happen.

"I have had to claim hardship on my car and bike repayment," he said.

"I am with eight different job networks who can't seem to find me a job, I have handed out countless amounts of resumes and now can't even afford to get more printed out... what a joke.

"I know others who have lost or about to lose their house because of this, others getting on antidepressants because they can't support their families."

The 75 families have been without an income since another round of redundancies swept through the workforce at the coal mine in February, but to date, the company is yet to pay employee entitlements or set a date for when they are to be expected.

The February job cuts followed Cockatoo Coal announcing the Baralaba site would be placed into care and maintenance after the company had been in administration since November last year as it looked for a buyer.

They also added to the redundancy tally which began 12 months ago.

Samantha Head, Tony's partner, has posted on Facebook in response to comments that these workers should have 'saved for a rainy day' as 'mining boom was never going to last' and they should 'live within their means'.

"We do live within our means....we had money saved and have had to use it for school payments rent and food we are a family of 5 we don't own a home and the beautiful bike Tony is sitting on he bought 2 years ago," she said.

"We arent in 100s of thousands of dollars in debt...but we are entitled to this redundancy especially since he worked their for over 5 yrs full time."

READ HERE: What readers are saying about this story

Another redundant worker said they had not slept in four nights due to the stress of not having any income.

"Well it has finally got the better of me," Rhill posted online.

"My nerves are shot,

"I haven't slept for 4 days worrying about how to put food on the table,

"I have yelled at my family over trivial stuff,

"Now I have made the decision to book myself in with a psychiatrist to get help! Hoping that my health cover will honour the bill since I am now behind in my premiums."

Anyone impacted by redundancies in Central Queensland recently who are willing to share their story can email their story or their contact details to: Kerri-Anne Mesner

 

Patricia Laws said our Politicians in Central Queensland have abandoned us.

"They don't give two continentals if there is no money to buy even groceries - they just simply don't believe us that is the case," she said.

"Workers from Baralaba mine haven't been paid their legal entitlements.

"Nor have the small business people been paid what they are rightfully owned.

 "I only wish they would pick up the phone and ask - they all have my number but yet they don't. They must think that either I lie ... or they already know I am telling the truth which means they would have to pick up the phone and ask for phone numbers.

"I am one of those women that haven't bought food in over 8 weeks and yet I scrutinized for Ken O'Dowd at the last federal election and turned up for everyone of his fund raising ventures. Ken and Jeff, we are on our knees, please help us - this will be the last time I will beg."

 

What readers are saying about this story:

Troy Costin - They love spending big when they have it . Cars ,boats , jet skis , bikes etc
Comes down to living within your means . Welcome back to reality

Samantha Head - We do live within our means....we had money saved and have had to use it for school payments rent and food we are a family of 5 we dont own a home and the beautiful bike tony is sitting on he bought 2 years ago.
We arent in 100s of thousands of dollars in debt...but we are entitled to this redundancy especially since he worked their for over 5 yrs full time.

Alexandra Humphrey - Try being a grazerier or farmer we're used to living without a wage for months and no government handouts or here is an idea lower your wage expectation and get another lower paying job until things pick up

Julie Bradshaw - There are heaps of small business owners out there especially in earthmoving and building industry that go with out when it rains to wet to work, no work no money. Plus the downturn in the mining industry has affected a lot of people.
It is wrong what has happened to the workers just cross everyday as it comes, no use worrying.

Teena Evans - While your on good money you should be putting some aside each pay for this kind of thing...how can people not expect to lose their jobs these days when they work in the mine. Its not like this sort of thing has only just started to happen.

Craig Noble - Queensland government need to step in and start creating jobs we are all in the same boat

Bec O'Brien - Not all mining jobs pay great like they used to.

Aaron Johnston - How , earn three to four thousand a week then lose job got no money ,

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