Ostwald Bros will be making Christmas a little brighter for the 200 Wilkie Creek coal workers made redundant by US coal giant Peabody Energy.The resources and infrastructure services group has stepped in to offer some hope to the workers faced with voluntary redundancies following the recent announcement by Peabody Energy to close its Wilkie Creek coal mine near Dalby.
Ostwald Bros CEO Brendan Ostwald said Peabody Energy had invited Ostwald Bros to meet with the workers in Dalby to discuss future employment opportunities. â€œThis is a difficult time for the coal workers and their families and Ostwald Bros will work with Peabody Energy to do all we can to help those affected by the closure of the Wilkie Creek coal mine,â€ Mr Ostwald said.
â€œWe are inviting the workers to an information session in Dalby on Thursday night where we will be detailing the job opportunities Ostwald Bros has on offer. â€œWe are gearing up for major projects in 2014 and we need more people to join us. We hope to be able to find a place for the coal workers within our company.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the information night was a great initiative and encouraged workers facing redundancies at Wilkie Creek coal mine to attend. â€œThe Council is very keen to see these workers and their families stay in Dalby,â€ Cr Brown said. â€œOstwald Bros is a great local company and I fully support their efforts to keep these workers in our region.â€
Based in Dalby, Ostwald Bros is currently recruiting around 300 staff for awarded and pending contracts from coal seam gas clients in the Surat Basin. Ostwald Bros has a wide range of positions currently available from truck operators to leading hands, labourers, project managers and more.
The information session for Peabody workers will be held at the BMO conference centre, 178 Drayton Street, Dalby at 5pm on December 19th. Those unable to attend can visit the Ostwald Bros website and submit their interest for jobs listed on the careers page or call 1300 Ostwald (1300 678 925).
Workers facing job losses as a result of closures in the car manufacturing sector are also encouraged to enquire about available jobs with Ostwald Bros.
Submitted by:Karen Wong
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