Peabody Energy announced that workers at its Wambo and Wilpinjong mines in New South Wales have recently approved new labor agreements. Together, the new agreements cover more than two-thirds of the company’s high-value thermal coal exports from Australia. “These new agreements were approved by an average of 80%, indicating a clear show of support from workers at our operations in Australia,” said Peabody President-Australia Eric Ford. “They follow the overwhelming approval of the new three-year North Goonyella enterprise agreement in Queensland last month, covering Peabody’s highest-value hard coking coal production.” Peabody employees approved the new three-year Wambo enterprise agreement at the underground mine. Wambo employs 150 workers, producing high-quality thermal and PCI coal products. The mine’s underground operations shipped 3.1 million tons in 2011. The new four-year Wilpinjong agreement was reached with the mine’s current contract operator, Thiess. Wilpinjong will be transitioning to Peabody owner-operator status beginning April 1, 2013. Wilpinjong has a workforce of approximately 350 and produces thermal coal for both domestic and export markets. The mine shipped 9.8 million tons of coal in 2011 and recently completed an expansion.

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