Employees at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitimat operations ratify new labour agreement
MONTREAL, July 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Employees at Rio Tinto Alcan’s
Kitimat aluminium smelter and Kemano hydroelectric plant in northwest
British Columbia have ratified the labour agreement that was reached on
24 July 2012.
“We are pleased that the employees voted in favour of the tentative
agreement reached earlier this week. This is an important step, one
that will allow us to pursue the transition between the current plant
and the modernisation project that is underway. This agreement meets
our long-term commitments to our employees, customers and community in
British Columbia”, said Etienne Jacques, chief operating officer Rio
Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America.
The Kitimat smelter produced 168,000 tonnes in 2011. The ongoing US $3.3
billion modernisation project of the smelter will bring the production
capacity to 420,000 tonnes per year.
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