Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers

Today’s confirmation of job losses at Solid Energy’s Stockton and Spring Creek mines shows the urgent need for new economic opportunities on the West Coast, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.

“Our economy can no longer rely on the wisdom and management of Crown-owned companies based outside our region that have a history of mistakes and failure.

“Initiatives are already underway in Buller but the impact of these job cuts will be severe. We will struggle to find alternative employment in the short-term.

“The West Coast suffers the pain. There must be a future gain for these West Coasters who have committed their lives and families to the mining industry,” Damien O’Connor says.