MONTREAL, Jan. 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan will keep on
operating one-third of production for the duration of the labour
disruption at its 438,000 tonne Alma smelter in
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec. On 1 January 2012, Rio Tinto Alcan
announced that it would begin an orderly shutdown of 144 out of the
plant's 432 reduction cells. Today, the company will begin the process
of shutting down an additional 144 cells, leaving one-third of the Alma
smelter's capacity in operation.
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 on Rio Tinto Alcan's customers.
Rio Tinto Alcan initiated a lockout at the Alma smelter 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. Every effort was made to reach an agreement in the best interests
of employees, customers and the business before 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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