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Gov't in talks with Noranda as staff redundancy looms

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:11 AM

The government says discussions are ongoing with Noranda Bauxite Company in St Ann which is considering making the positions of dozens of workers redundant. 

The company, in which the government has a majority stake, reopened on Monday following a closure on December 21 last year. 

The Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), which represents some workers, says up to 30 per cent of the staff at Noranda could be cut. 

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell declined to discuss the issue in detail, except to say that discussions are underway with the company. 

 

Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell

UTASP, St Patrice Ennis, says the company has mooted a redundancy exercise as a cost cutting measure.

He says the union has been meeting with Noranda over the issue. 

Noranda Bauxite, which is 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.