South West Wales

Aberpergwm Colliery to close and 60 jobs to go, says union

A Neath Port Talbot colliery is to be mothballed and 60 workers will be axed, according to a union.

Aberpergwm Colliery, near Glynneath, which is owned by American company Walter Energy, opened a consultation on closure plans earlier in June.

Wayne Morgan, National Union of Mineworkers boss, said: "Over 60 people will lose their job".

About 300 workers lost their jobs in 2012 when the mine started what it called a shut down process.

Neath AM Gwenda Thomas said: "I am aware that the 30 day consultation period for the mine is soon coming to an end, and that there is a distinct possibility of job losses.

"I will continue to work with the unions and the Welsh government to help as much as I can with regards to the mine and its workforce."

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