Mining giant Rio Tinto plans to cut around 170 jobs at its Pilbara operations in Western Australia over the next few months, unions have been told.

The Western Mineworkers Alliance (WMWA), which represents workers at Rio’s Pilbara operations, says it had been informed about the proposed job losses, and was in talks with Rio’s management on the best way to handle them. “Job cuts are never good news. However, given the current industry climate, the news…