Mining Minister, Robert Montague, says he’s invited the opposition to discuss possible implications which sanctions on Russian companies may have on the local bauxite sector.
In a statement last week, Opposition Spokesman on Mining, Phillip Paulwell, called on the Government to outline what steps it will take to protect jobs owned by employees of Windalco. Windalco is owned by the Russian firm, UC Rusal.
In a statement Thursday – Minister Montague says he’s written to the Opposition. Montague says he’s indicated that the Government is seeking a united approach to the issue.
The Mining Minister says the Government is taking proactive steps to safeguard the welfare of the approximately 1-thousand-2-hundred workers at WINDALCO and their dependents.
Minister Montague says his Ministry has conducted a series of consultations which have included UC Rusal and the Attorney General’s Department. He says the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the US Embassy and Labour Ministry have also been part of the discussions.
Minister Montague says consultation will also be had with the workers or their representatives.
Minister Montague says the Mining Ministry wishes to assure the public that it will do all it can to protect the jobs of the workers as well as the milk and beef supplies from the farming operations of WINDALCO.