NEW YORK Kennecott Utah
Copper said it has laid off about 100 workers as the company
looks to reduce operating costs following an April 10 wall
slide at its Bingham Canyon Mine.
The workers are eligible for
severance in accordance with parent company Rio Tinto
Plcs policies and will also receive employee assistance
and access to services with the states Department of
Workforce Services, the company said.
Additional reductions in other
parts of the business will take place later this month,
"At this time, Kennecott does
not have the total number of employees impacted by the slide,"
the company said. "Kennecott is continuing to take measures to
reduce the impacts to its work force by making employee
preference a priority."
Employee preference includes
vacation time, unpaid leave and a one-time $20,000 resignation
incentive for retirement-eligible employees who are covered by
the collective bargaining agreement with a deadline of May 31,
the company said.
"It is always difficult when
jobs are lost because of the direct impact it has on
individuals and families. Kennecott is taking great care to
reduce impacts to employees with the decisions being made," the
Kennecott declared force
majeure on shipments of copper cathode after the wall
slide forced it to halt production (
amm.com, April 16).
The Bingham Canyon Mine is
expected to operate at reduced capacity for at least six
months, and possibly longer, as a result of the slide, which
was one of the biggest in history (
amm.com, May 21).
AMM special correspondent Andrea Hotter visited the
site recently to record video footage (
please click here).