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De-merger puts jobs on the line

USMAN AZADSouth Western Times
De-merger puts jobs on the line
Camera IconDe-merger puts jobs on the line Credit: South Western Times

Workers at Worsley Alumina’s Australind office could be sacked and others moved to Perth as part of a de-merger from the world’s biggest miner.

BHP Billiton last month announced it would create a new mining company, Newco, which would include Worsley’s assets including the Collie refinery.

The global miner plans to push ahead with the de-merger in the first half of next year.

Both Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Collie-based unionist Gary Wood have welcomed the move because of the prospect of improved management.

Mr Murray said he had been briefed by BHP and was told there would be no major change to its Collie operations.

He said the new company would be positive because it gave Worsley a chance to stand on its “own two feet” and not be weighed down by “decision makers not close enough to the action”.

“From the briefing they gave me I see some positives out of the changes, ” Mr Murray said.

“Some of their debt will be written off which is a good thing for a new company.”

However, he conceded BHP planned to move some of its administration staff based in Australind.

“There will be some changes to the Australind office staff, ” he said.

“Some will be offered jobs in Perth, others will be relocated to the refinery at Worsley itself.

“There may even be some job losses but it won’t be massive by any means.”

CFMEU State secretary Gary Wood said the workers had believed Worsley had become too “corporate” under BHP.

“From their point of view they would like to see it return to a more employee-run operation to make it successful, ” he said.

BHP says Newco’s assets and businesses employ about 24,000 people, including contractors, across the world and there are likely to be “minimal” job losses.

The doubt over the future of the Australind office two years after the company moved about 80 Collie-based employees to Australind.

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