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More jobs to go at BlueScope
The West Australian

Steelmaker BlueScope is cutting a further 170 jobs in Victoria as it reduces production to cut costs.

About 110 employees at BlueScope's Western Port facility at Hastings, southeast of Melbourne, will lose their jobs in the coming months, along with about 60 contractors, the company said.

Production at the mill is being reduced from mid-March in order to provide "significant cost savings", BlueScope said in a statement.

"Whilst domestic coated steel demand has not materially declined, this is part of our strategy to continually find better ways to do business and remain a cost effective producer," BlueScope Australia and New Zealand chief executive Mark Vassella said.

"We will now enter a consultation phase with employees and with union representatives to best manage the transition."

The company says it expects the changes to come at a one-off cost of $17 million, but that is expected to be recovered within one year due to the resulting cost savings.

BlueScope already has cut more than 1,000 jobs after making two consecutive $1 billion annual losses, as a range of economic factors hit the Australian steel market and forced the company to end its export operations.

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has said it will meet with BlueScope on Monday to discuss the changes.