Rio Tinto makes a major restructuring of its regional facilities. The five plants in its aluminum division and the operational center will be merged into a single administrative entity we now appoint smelter Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
This new form of management had become necessary to ensure the competitiveness and survival of plants in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
"Currently, the aluminum market is very difficult, so we need to optimize our methods to ensure we remain competitive. This is done today by creating a plant of 1.3 million tonnes in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, "said Xuan-Lan Vu, regional spokesman for Rio Tinto.
By operating this way, aluminum Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is the largest aluminum smelter in North America with 1.3 million tonnes of aluminum produced annually.
The new structure will enable Rio Tinto to compete with aluminum in China, the Middle East and Russia.
"We really positioned to face global competition. One must have an organization that responds to that structure. An aluminum smelter of 1.3 million tonnes, that is managed differently. It really is a structure that will allow us to continue to operate, "said Xuan-Lan Vu.
The smelter Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean currently has 4,300 unionized employees and managers in three divisions: Aluminerie Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, JonquiГЁre Complex and electric power Quebec.
The new structural operational, "allowing simplified management" will not result in job losses among unionized workers. However, Rio Tinto is not able at this time to ensure that all management positions will be maintained. A job attrition could be put in place.
Senior management met with senior staff to explain the new operating plan. They did not wish to comment after the meeting.
Union members met at the output of factories saw this restructuring as "bad news."
This is the general manager of the factory Alma, Guy Gaudreault, who will head the smelter Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
The new structure will be in place from April.
This restructuring will also impact for contracts awarded under contract. The Awe Times revealed Wednesday that the aluminum giant reduced the number of engineering companies with whom it does business.
Rio Tinto from five providers of engineering services to a single, Adecco, which was chosen after a bidding process.
The employees of these subcontractors were notified of the change in the workplace.
Rio Tinto will continue to do business with other engineering firms, but for specific mandates, punctual and specific.
The company was studying a rationalization process for a year in order to reduce costs and to give more flexibility.