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Noranda Bauxite Company expected to reopen with dozens facing redundancy

Published:Monday | January 4, 2016 | 9:04 AM

The Noranda Bauxite Company in St Ann is expected to reopen today, with dozens more of its employees facing unemployment.

The company closed down operations on December 21, sending home more than 100 employees. 

General secretary of the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), St Patrice Ennis, says the company has mooted a redundancy exercise as a cost cutting measure. 

He says Noranda had indicated initially that there would be a three to five per cent cut in labour at the time of closure last year.

Ennis says the union said this could be accommodated by voluntary redundancy.

However, Ennis says a further 30 per cent cut would be unsustainable.

The exercise would affect all categories of workers.

Noranda Bauxite, a subsidiary of Noranda Aluminum Holding, has been facing a series of difficulties due mainly to a plunge in the global price of aluminum and declining demand.