Coronavirus company news summary – QRC report flags more potential jobs in resource sector – PGG miners in underground strike action – CEOs warn of lingering effects on Latin American mining

24 September 2020 (Last Updated September 24th, 2020 09:28)

24 September

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said that its latest State of the Sector report found 43% of resource companies were planning to decrease their use of interstate workers in the long term. This is expected to lead to more jobs in the resources sector as the economy of the state recovers from the impacts of Covid-19. The report is based on feedback received from mining, energy, minerals processing, contracting, exploration, and other business leaders between July and August.

Nearly 200 miners at mines owned by Poland-based coal producer PGG have refused to return the surface. Trade unions and the company said that they are currently protesting in Poland’s southern coal region as the government plans to restructure the industry. These protests were triggered by a lack of progress in talks between the unions, the government and the management of PGG with regard to the restructuring of the company, which is running out of money due to falling demand and increasing costs.

CEOs of mining companies have warned of lingering impacts from Covid-19 at Latin American mines despite the lifting of suspensions as well as declining cases. In many parts of the region, operations were stopped when the pandemic hit in March this year. Government restrictions forced mass suspensions in Peru, Mexico and Argentina, Bnamericas reported. Pan American Silver CEO Michael Steinmann told the Gold Forum Americas online conference: “We see across the board probably about 80% productivity across our operations.”