Alcoa workers take industrial action over agreement fallout

Alcoa workers in Western Australia have gone on strike over the company’s new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) for its operations.

Industrial action is expected to last until August 17, during which Alcoa expects no impact on operation nor production thanks to the company’s contingency plans.

The EBA affects around 1500 employees at Alcoa’s two bauxite mines and three refining operations in Western Australia.

Alcoa said it planned to remain internationally competitive throughout the business cycle through implementation of the EBA.

In a statement, the company claimed, “Alcoa wants to establish a modern EBA that provides employees with competitive pay and conditions, allows us to manage our operations efficiently and productively, and gives us the ability to respond to changing market and operating conditions.

“Our proposed EBA will ensure that employees continue to receive very generous conditions and benefits.”

Alcoa has reached new EBAs with its mechanical and electrical tradespeople in Western Australia, where it directly employs a total of over 3750 people including over 2000 in the Peel region in WA.

The company has been working on a new EBA with Australian Workers’ Union over the past 18 months.

Alcoa will ask affected employees to vote on a new EBA later this month.