Rio Tinto Alcan and Kitimat aluminium workers' union reach a tentative agreement

MONTREAL, July 24, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan and the union representing workers at the Kitimat aluminium smelter and powerhouse operations in Kemano in northwest British Columbia have reached a tentative labour agreement.

"We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the union representatives at our Kitimat aluminium smelter and powerhouse operations in Kemano - one that is in the best interests of our workforce and reflects Rio Tinto Alcan's long-term strategy and commitment to British Columbia," said Etienne Jacques, chief operating officer, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America. "This agreement will enable us to complete an efficient transition from the actual smelter to the new one and ensure our long term competitiveness. This is an important achievement, as we gear up for the transformational Kitimat modernisation project".

The Kitimat smelter produced 168,000 tonnes in 2011. The smelter modernisation project which will increase capacity to 420,000 tonnes per year is still ongoing.

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.


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