Spain - Closures at Alcoa disputed - November 30, 2018

Trade unions have been confronted at the aluminium giant Alcoa with attacks on workers, contradicting the company’s claim that it produces aluminium responsibly. The US-based Alcoa announced on 17 October that it would close two of its three Spanish aluminium smelters, Aviles and La Coruna, resulting in the layoff of 700 workers. The Alcoa European Works Council (EWC) criticised Alcoa for failing to comply with European information and consultation regulations by not consulting with the EWC in advance and not providing the EWC adequate information. The Netherlands-based EWC has filed a Dutch court claim in order to block the closure and layoff. Alcoa claims the two plants are inefficient and that nobody wants to operate them.

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