Alumina Limited

Employee profile

Finding, employing, developing and retaining skilled people is crucial to AWAC’s future competitiveness and success. At the end of 2016, 5,146 people (2015:6,438) were employed in AWAC operations operating in six countries: 

  • Australia*
  • Brazil 
  • Spain
  • Suriname and
  • US

Approximately 75 per cent 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 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 OPERATIONS20122013201420152016
Alumina & bauxite 7,042  6,841 6,289 6,128 4,866
Aluminium 877  876 403 301 274
Chemicals & steamships 12  10 7 9 6

In 2016, the reduction in AWAC workforce is mainly attributable to the full impact of the closure of the Suralco refinery in Suriname and the full curtailment of the Point Comfort refinery in Texas.

Alumina Limited’s Employees

In 2016, 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.