February 10, 2011

New EBA Finalised with Pinjarra Employees

Alcoa of Australia and the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) today secured a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) for around 600 employees at Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery.

The EBA was passed this morning by a majority vote of employees at a mass meeting.

Alcoa’s General Manager of Western Australian Operations, Simon Butterworth, said the three year deal provides steady and predictable income growth in keeping with industry norms.

“This deal includes an annual 4% increase on base salary, shift premiums and allowances, which means employees can continue planning their financial futures with a degree of certainty.

“The EBA also provides for increases in a range of other additional allowances and benefits.”

Mr Butterworth said the new EBA will ensure Alcoa has the flexibility to respond to changing market conditions and business needs.

“We’ll have greater flexibility to manage Pinjarra refinery in the most efficient and productive way through improved consultation and change processes and a streamlined dispute resolution procedure.”

He said the dedication and commitment of the Pinjarra refinery staff group could not go unmentioned.

“Despite all the industrial action in the past year, Pinjarra achieved record production in 2010 which is a remarkable achievement and thanks primarily to our staff who kept the plant running efficiently and safety through the hundreds of work stoppages.

“They worked seven day weeks, gave up hundreds of weekends and postponed personal leave to help this business through a very challenging time, and for that I’m very grateful,” he said.

All employees covered by the new AWU EBA have 100% employment security with Alcoa.

“There will be no forced redundancies, those who wish to continue working at Alcoa will be able to do so. Any workforce reductions to ensure Pinjarra refinery’s global competitiveness will be achieved through natural attrition or offers of voluntary early retirements in some departments.”

Today’s vote follows the finalisation of the AWU Combined Sites* EBA in December 2010 for over 1200 WA employees, and a new EBA with around 650 employees represented by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union which was settled in November.

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Media contacts: 
Sarah Tempest 0404 800 417 sarah.tempest@alcoa.com.au 
Michaela Southby 0400 127 427 michaela.southby@alcoa.com.au

* The Combined Sites EBA covers employees at Kwinana and Wagerup refineries, Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines, Bunbury Port and Marrinup Nursery.