September 16, 2009

Alcoa ARP impacted by work stoppages

Alcoa Australia Rolled Products (ARP) Point Henry operations will be impacted by a series of bans, limitations and rolling stoppages imposed by members of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) from today.

The members voted to take the action after Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) discussions stalled.
 
Alcoa ARP Managing Director, Mark Vrablec, said it was difficult to agree on an EBA for the Point Henry rolling operations given current business conditions.
 
“Alcoa ARP recently shut down operations for five days to minimise some of the short-term impacts of the global financial crisis but we continue to experience a very challenging business environment.
 
“Since the outset of the downturn, we have been open and transparent with our employees, stakeholders and union representatives about the measures we must take to be sustainable.”
 
Discussions on a new EBA commenced in May and the company will continue to meet with union representatives over the coming weeks.