Multinational miner Anglo American said it will reduce output from its Drayton coal mine in the Hunter Valley to avoid job cuts as it nervously awaits Government approval for future mining plans.
According to the article on ABC, the company is preparing to scale back operations from next month with workers moving from a seven day a week roster to a five day roster.
The move to reduce output will also result in terminating contracts with some of the contractors working at the mine.
The company said this was a short-term solution to keep 500 jobs and continue operations with the current mineable reserves due to run out next year.
Anglo is currently awaiting State Government approval for its proposed Drayton South mine extension, which would extend the life of the mine for another 20 years.
The company said the continued delays to receive approval were putting in jeopardy the future of its employees and contractors and urged the government to issue its report and recommendations as soon as possible so it can progress with urgency to the next phase of the project approvals process.