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.
SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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