Low coal prices blamed for loss of 200 jobs at Dawson mine

THE slashing of 200 jobs from Anglo American's Dawson coal mine near Moura in Central Queensland just weeks before Christmas is being blamed on low coal prices.

The British-based mining giant announced on Monday afternoon that hundreds of "operator roles" would go by the end of the month.

Dawson general manager Aaron Puna said the cuts were part of a review of the site that would focus on its spending on labour and contractors as coal prices continue to struggle.

"As part of this, we will regrettably need to scale back some of our contractor workforce, and undertake a redundancy process which will include a portion of voluntary redundancies," Mr Puna said.

The handing out of these redundancies would done "carefully and sensitively", with workers to be offered career advice and access to a financial advisor.

Unions and others will now be consulted about the decision.

Even after the cuts, Dawson will remain one of Queensland's largest mines, with a workforce of roughly 1200.