Rio Tinto reach out to the displaced mill workers

Rio Tinto will hold an information session with the 21 mill workers who lost their jobs at Nannup Timber Processing. Image supplied.
Rio Tinto will hold an information session with the 21 mill workers who lost their jobs at Nannup Timber Processing. Image supplied.

Rio Tinto have reached out to the 21 workers from Nannup Timber Processing – who recently lost their job - in a bid to offer them fly-in-fly-out positions at one of their Pilbara sites.

An information session for the workers will be held by Rio Tinto at the Nannup Community Resource Centre next Thursday, September 21.

The workers will have an opportunity to discuss opportunities and submit an expression of interest along with their resume.

Warren-Blackwood MP Terry Redman said he was pleased there were opportunities for the displaced workers.

While he preferred there were local jobs, Mr Redman said it was important the affected workers could secure permanent employment.

Mr Redman said there could also be opportunities for the workers with Auswest Timbers in Greenbushes in three to six months time.

Nannup Timber Processing general manager Vince Corlett it was great that the workers were being provided with opportunities and that Rio Tinto would try to place them in a job.

Mr Corlett said while FIFO work did not suit everyone, Rio Tinto’s offer would be a great opportunity for the younger workers.

Recently, Rio Tinto celebrated its tenth anniversary of their FIFO program from Busselton to their Pilbara operations. 

The South West is the largest regional FIFO hub in WA, with 700 people employed by the organisation.