03/06/2014 - 14:55

More BHP job losses possible

03/06/2014 - 14:55

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BHP Billiton has confirmed it is reviewing its iron ore operations, after it was revealed last week job cuts were likely following a review at its Worsley Alumina operations south of Perth.

More BHP job losses possible

BHP Billiton has confirmed it is reviewing its iron ore operations, after it was revealed last week job cuts were likely following a review at its Worsley Alumina operations south of Perth.

It is understood a number of people working at BHP’s Mt Whaleback iron ore mine near Newman may be redeployed or lose their jobs.

BHP has not provided any job loss figures, but a spokesman said a renewed focus on productivity had led to a review of the size and structure of its workforce.

“As part of this, BHP Billiton Iron Ore will occasionally reduce the size of some elements of its workforce,” the spokesman said.

“We have been open with our employees about the work being done to improve productivity, and will assist impacted employees, including seeking redeployment opportunities where possible.”

BHP last week said that, following the completion of a major expansion at Worsley Alumina and with no new projects planned for the next five years, it was reviewing its workforce requirements.

“We don’t intend to provide any detail about specific adjustments, but clearly there may be some impact on jobs in some areas,” a spokesman said.

“The review is ongoing and no operational disruptions are anticipated.”

According to the Department of Mines and Petroleum, the average number of people employed at Worsley Refinery in 2013 was 1,835. This was down from 2,668 people in 2012.

An average of 2,814 people were employed at Mt Whaleback in 2013. This was up from 2,028 people in 2012.

 

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