Alcoa brings consultation for collective dismissal at San Ciprián smelter
Aluminium producer Alcoa said it has started a consultation period for a collection dismissal process for staff, as well as the possible shutdown, of its San Ciprián aluminium smelter in Spain.
Alcoa met today with the representatives of the workers of San Ciprián to inform them of the serious circumstances and of the unsustainable situation that the aluminium plant is going through due to inherent structural factors and permanent difficulties – an Alcoa statement said. – These circumstances have led Alcoa to contemplate the start of a consultation period for a collective dismissal process.
Alcoa said no decision will be made until the consultation period has ended but the process would potentially affect up to a maximum of 534 employees.
Alcoa has proposed to open an informal consultation period with the workers' representation, which will last approximately three weeks. The process will aim to explain the situation of the plant, the challenges it faces and discuss the options and measures. The purpose of this informal consultation is to be able to move forward with the workers' representatives before starting a formal consultation period, which has specific deadlines – the statement added.
San Ciprián has nameplate capacity of 228,000 tonnes per year of primary aluminium, Alcoa's 2019 annual report said.