"We continue to be affected by mining downturn" - Hastings

TWENTY-eight jobs are set to be slashed from Hastings Deering's sites across Central Queensland, according to a union representative.

The Australian Manufacturers and Workers Union spokesperson said 28 people would be made redundant at sites in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and the Goonyella Mine.

The union spokesperson said 12 of those jobs would go from Rockhampton.

A spokesperson for Hastings Deering said the company continued to be affected by the "significant downturn in mining and construction industries".

"Following a recent review, it has commenced employee consultation to determine the right course of action to achieve further operational efficiencies," the spokesperson said.

"Consultation will occur with impacted employees, and where possible, these people are being offered roles in other parts of the business.

"The decision to reduce workforce numbers has not been taken lightly and we acknowledge the impact that these changes have on employees, their families and the communities in which they live."

The cuts follow a further 100 positions made redundant from Hastings Deering Central Queensland operations in December last year, including 25 from Rockhampton.

The company said the job cuts were the right course of action to achieve operational efficiencies.

It comes after the AMWU slammed Hastings Deerings for walking away from enterprise bargaining negotiations in 2014.

Job cuts

28 people to be made redundant at sites in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and the Goonyella Mine, including 12 from Rockhampton.

A further 100 positions made redundant from Hastings Deering Central Queensland operations in December last year, including 25 from Rockhampton.