Boddington mine jobs axed in Worsley cost cutting

LOCAL workers are bracing for a hit to employment in the Peel region with the announcement by the owners of Boddington's Worsley Alumina that 390 jobs – or 15 per cent of its workforce – will be axed.

South32, which owns 86 percent of the mine, said the jobs would go by June 30.

Chief Executive Officer Graham Kerr said the job losses were a result of low commodity prices and the company would continue to take decisive action to ensure the long-term sustainability of its operations.

“Reducing headcount is never an easy decision and not something we take lightly,” he said.

“But given the market conditions it is necessary to create a stronger, more robust company for all our people and stakeholders. We acknowledge that the restructure will be difficult for many employees and contractors and support will be provided to those affected through this period.

“Worsley has been part of the South-West and Peel communities for more than 30 years. These changes are about making sure that sure that Worsley continues to be an active contributor and member of these communities.”

Worsley Alumina is a joint venture between South32 (86%), Japan Alumina Associates (10%) and Sojitz Alumina (4%).

The integrated bauxite and alumina producer has mining operations near Boddington, a refinery near Collie and port operations in Bunbury.

The Mining Division of the CFMEU has been contacted for comment.

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