An offensive launched by the SNEAA to convince Rio Tinto to invest | Industries Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
The Arvida Plant is part of Rio Tinto's Jonquière Complex and is adjacent to facilities using AP60 technology.
The National Union of Aluminum Employees of Arvida (SNEAA-Unifor) is launching a public offensive to get Rio Tinto to start construction of a replacement aluminum smelter this spring.
More than 80,000 postcards are sent to homes in Saguenay and elected officials are called upon to put pressure on the company to demand the necessary investments.
Union President Donat Pearson said the planned closure of the old Arvida smelter in 2025 requires the company to start work quickly to ensure transition and job protection.
“It takes an established plan to make the transition, mainly with the workforce, because what we want is to protect all the jobs of our workers . We know that he will see some retirements there who may not be replaced, that is a certain evidence. But we need to get into action with the start of construction, a transition plan to protect our world,” argued the union leader.
Rio Tinto confirmed recently intended to build 96 new tanks with AP-60 technology in Jonquière, but has not yet given the go-ahead for the work.
With information by Michel Gaudreault
Rio Tinto puts the construction of its new tanks in Jonquière on hold