MONTREAL, Jan. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan will begin an
orderly shutdown of approximately one-third of its production at its
438,000 tonne Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec after
initiating a lockout at the facility earlier today. Rio Tinto Alcan
staff will execute the orderly shutdown of 144 out of 432 reduction
cells and will continue to operate the remaining capacity until further
Plans are in place to ensure that our aluminium operations throughout
the region continue to run safely and efficiently, and we will work to
limit the labour disruption's impact Rio Tinto Alcan's customers.
Rio Tinto Alcan initiated a lockout after the Syndicat des travailleurs
de l'aluminium d'Alma (Alma aluminium workers' union) rejected the
company's final proposal for an agreement. Rio Tinto Alcan had been
bargaining with the union since 4 October 2011. The union's contract
expired on 31 December 2011.
The Syndicat des travailleurs de l'aluminium d'Alma represents 755
employees at the plant, including 674 hourly workers, 25 office
personnel and 56 workers at the pot relining centre.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt)
and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in
Australia and North America with significant businesses in South
America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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