Nearly half of the residents of Moranbah, west of Mackay in Queensland, are directly involved in mining. Yet BHP is insisting that all workers for its two new mines must be Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) operators from Brisbane or Cairns.
Local workers are faced with a terrible decision: either fly thousands of kilometres to work at a mine often just around the corner from where they live, abandon their home, or abandon their mining career. This is no choice at all.
FIFO workers themselves often have to face gruelling shift patterns in isolated conditions. Above all, it’s families and communities that are suffering under these arrangements.
Despite mining companies making billion dollar profits they are leaving mining workers and communities with little right to choose where, how and under what conditions they work and live. These practices are a deliberate attempt to weaken the ability of workers to organise in unions to protect their interests.
Mining companies are also failing to train up the next generation of miners – offering 3,300 less apprenticeships than would be needed to match the all industry average training rate (the proportion of apprentices to tradespeople) – despite record youth unemployment, especially in regional Australia.
Whether you are a commuting or local worker engaged in construction or mining you should have the right to choose where you live and a job with safe and decent conditions.
We campaign to ensure:
- Local communities benefit from the mining operations in their area through the provision of jobs, training and apprenticeships for locals, and opportunities for local businesses.
- FIFO and DIDO (Drive in Drive out) workers receive fair compensation for commuting time and are engaged on family-friendly rosters.
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