Glencore shifting to seven-day roster

Glencore’s Mount Isa mines has announced its Mount Isa copper operations (MICO) will be changing its primary rosters to a seven days on/seven days off roster.

From late February, workers on the primary roster at the MICO operations will move to the new roster in line with the George Fisher mine, which has been successfully operating on the schedule for several years.

The change will improve work/life balance for the MICO employees in many ways including having every second weekend off to allow Glencore to more easily transfer workers between the two sites to improve productivity.

Glencore has been addressing any questions or concerns raised by affected workers, and will continue to monitor and seek feedback as it implements the roster changes.

“We are committed to maintaining a local workforce and the move is not about transferring to a fly-in/fly-out roster,” a Glencore spokesperson said.

“Our key focus will remain on the safety and wellbeing of our workforce, as we implement and embed the change.”

Mount Isa mine is one of the world’s largest mining complexes and is the hub of Glencore’s copper and zinc operations in Queensland.

Mount Isa mines comprises of underground mines, mineral processing and smelting operations, power generation, and support and administrative services, and operates two mining and processing streams, copper and zinc-lead-silver, to deliver natural resources of enduring value in modern society.

Glencore is capable of producing 300,000 tonnes of 99.995 per cent pure copper cathode a year at its Townsville refinery, and 99.7 per cent pure copper plates at the Mount Isa smelter.

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