Sierra Rutile issues, strike drag on Iluka production

AS IF a strike at its Sierra Rutile operation weren’t enough to deal with, Iluka Resources managing director Tom O'Leary has decried another “disappointing” quarter marked by continuing operational issues that continue to drag on the miner’s 2018 production guidance, and could see it scaled back again in a demand-driven market.

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Iluka is being dragged down by its African operations.

The company said the days-old strike involved just 15% of the 2000-strong workforce, but it encompasses the operational workforce, without whom mining cannot continue.