Hundreds of mining jobs lost in the Neath Valley after mothballing of the Aberpergwm colliery
ALMOST 300 mining jobs have been lost in the Neath Valley after the mothballing of a major colliery.
American mining giant Walter Energy announced in October last year it was consulting with workers at the Aberpergwm colliery over plans to suspend its activities at the mine.
Rhidian Davies, managing director at the mine, confirmed a total of 290 workers have now been laid off with around 20 management and security personnel being retained.
A weakening in the global price of coal is believed to be the main cause of the job cuts at Aberpergwm.
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Mr Davies confirmed talks have been ongoing with unions including the NUM and National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers to reach the best possible settlement with the workers.
The colliery manager confirmed the majority of those who lost their jobs were in their 50s.
He said: "It is dreadful really and I feel for them and their families."