Alumina Limited

Employee profile

Finding, employing, developing and retaining skilled people is crucial to AWAC’s future competitiveness and success. At the end of 2015, 6,438 people (2014:6,699) were employed in AWAC operations operating in six countries: 

  • Australia* 
  • Brazil 
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Spain 
  • Suriname and 
  • US.   

* In 2015, the reduction in employees relates to redundancies at the Paranam refinery in Suriname that transitioned to full curtailment in late 2015.The decline in AWAC employees between 2013 and 2014 reflectedthe redundancies that resulted from the sale of the Jamaican alumina refinery and mines and also the closure of the Point Henry aluminium smelter in Victoria Australia, both events occuring during 2014. The table below indicates the reduction in numbers per sector.

Approximately 62 percent of AWAC employees are based at AWAC's Australian operations.  

Most  of AWAC’s employees are covered by enterprise bargaining agreements. Alumina Limited and Alcoa both support the rights of employees to collectively bargain and freely associate.

In Australia, approximately 66 percent of employees are covered by enterprise bargaining agreements. 

In 2013, negotiations were completed for the Western Australia Operations Agreement with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), which covers 580 employees. Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union which cover 200 employees, for new EBAs that remain in place until 2016. 

In Brazil, there are eight standalone labour agreements that cover 100 per cent of AWAC’s union-represented workforce. Typically these are renegotiated on an annual basis. 


AWAC workforce

AWAC Operations20152014201320122011
Alumina 6,128 6,289  6,841 7,042 6,931
Aluminium 301 403  876 877 937
Chemicals & others 9 7  10 12 12

Alumina’s employees

In 2015, Alumina Limited had a small professional management team of 11 members  to manage our interest in the AWAC joint venture.  While all employees have individually negotiated contracts they have the right to freely associate and collectively bargain in line with our Human Rights policy.