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Proposed job cuts at Noranda Bauxite take union by surprise

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:00 AM

At least one trade union representing workers at Noranda Bauxite at Discovery Bay, St Ann, says it is unaware of plans by the company to carry out a three to five per cent cut in job positions this month.

Noranda Bauxite said yesterday that it had been in consultations with unions representing the workers as it prepares to cut jobs this month. The company said this move was in response to the major decline in the global price of aluminium and demand facing the industry.

However, Howard Litchmore, an officer of the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), told The Gleaner yesterday that his union has not been consulted on the proposed reduction in job positions at Noranda Bauxite.

He said by next Monday UTASP should have a position on any job cuts that would affect workers it represent.

Noranda Bauxite's General Manager Antoine Liddell has said that preserving jobs is a major consideration, but that the current situation may require further adjustments to the structure of the company depending on the ongoing state of the industry.

Noranda Bauxite said that following the temporary suspension of its mining activities on December 21 last year, the company resumed full operations yesterday, with the return of approximately 100 employees who had been laid off during a two-week break in mining over the holiday season.

During the lay-off, the company continued to carry out its drying and shipping operations from the plant in Discovery Bay.