BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina job cuts confirmed

Billiton has confirmed there will be job cuts at Worsley Alumina following the
end of a four-year efficiency and expansion project.

The West Australian reports that a spokeswoman conceded an unconfirmed number of jobs
would be cut following the expansion.

“We don’t intend to provide any detail
about specific adjustments, but clearly there may be some impact on jobs in
some areas,” she told the West Australian.

“The review is ongoing and no operational
disruptions are anticipated.”

The Bunbury Mail reported earlier in the
month that the job losses would number in the hundreds.

The four-year project included extending
mining operations near Boddington, upping capacity at Collie refinery and an
upgrade of the port at Bunbury. Over 8,000 were employed by the project.

Production has reached 3.1 million tonnes
a year.

“It is about a change of roles, from a
construction to an operation workforce so the construction workers aren’t
required anymore,” explained Ray Philp, CEO at
the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

According to recently released IBISWorld market research, alumina produced in Australia for 2013-14 would be about 20.9 million
tonnes, amounting to about a quarter of the world’s output. 15.4 million tonnes
of Australia’s production would be exported.

Image: The West Australian

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