Brenda Strong

Almost 130 jobs lost at refinery as QAL restructures

ALMOST 130 jobs have been slashed at Gladstone's longest-standing industry Queensland Alumina Limited since July this year.

As part of the company's organisational restructure, 128 roles have been cut since July 1, with 93 of those roles due to natural attrition and 35 from redundancies.

This comes as a blow to the alumina and aluminium industry, with Boyne Smelter Limited slashing 90 jobs from their 1200-strong work force in August this year.

QAL chairman Armando Torres said the restructure was to allow for future stability and profitability in the company.

"The organisational restructure is a necessary step in the process of protecting QAL's long term viability and ensuring the refinery is stable and profitable under all market conditions," Mr Torres said.

"The changes we are making now are not only essential to deliver improved operational performance in the near term, they will also ensure QAL is better positioned to realise future opportunities."

Mr Torres said employees were leaving the business with support packages.

"I would like to thank them for their contribution to QAL and wish them well in their future endeavours," Mr Torres said.



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