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QAL job cuts rumoured

QAL is keeping quiet about potential job cuts at its plant.

Speculation about the possibility of job cuts at the 48-year-old aluminium refinery in Gladstone began after nearby Boyne Smelters Limited announced 90 job cuts in August.

While those whispers lacked substance, the topic took on a new dimension on Monday when an article in The Australian claimed QAL had warned its staff of imminent job cuts in the face of tough circumstances facing the industry.

QAL yesterday declined to comment on whether jobs at the refinery were safe.

The company also has not commented on the article in The Australian.

Low global prices for aluminium and the high value of the Australian dollar have placed immense pressure on the industry in Australia.

Politically, debate has raged over the impact of the carbon tax.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and his Coalition colleagues claim the tax could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Any job cuts at QAL would be a blow to the region.



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