Jobs part­ner­ship suc­cess

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment part­ner­ship be­tween Rio Tinto and Pil­bara con­trac­tor DB Yurra has been touted as ben­e­fi­cial to aboth par­ties.

Un­der the part­ner­ship, DB Yurra em­ploy­ees have been trained to op­er­ate equip­ment used to carry out main­te­nance on ore cars at Rio Tinto’s 7 Mile rail work­shops.

Rio Tinto rail main­te­nance gen­eral man­ager Jen Macken­zie said DB Yurra had pro­vided safe, qual­ity and cost-ef­fec­tive main­te­nance ser­vices.

“DB Yurra al­ready had ex­cel­lent peo­ple and it was our job to work with them to pro­vide the train­ing, sup­port and sys­tems that they needed to work across our rail op­er­a­tions,” she said. “Rio Tinto is ben­e­fit­ing from a lo­cal work­force that is fa­mil­iar with our op­er­a­tions and re­spon­sive to our needs.

“DB Yurra has se­cured a baseload of work and ad­di­tional skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to help sus­tain and grow their busi­ness.”

DB Yurra WA op­er­a­tions man­ager Josh Bo­ord said the part­ner­ship had pro­vided job security for the con­trac­tor.

“The work with Rio Tinto gives us the cer­tainty needed to em­ploy and train more peo­ple,” he said.

“It also means we are well po­si­tioned to ex­pand into other ar­eas such as metal fab­ri­ca­tion for ore cars, lo­co­mo­tives and rail track.”

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