The CFMEU have welcomed QLD premier Campbell Newman’s FIFO statements, but say he must back his words with action.
It comes after Newman stated on his twitter that his government is completely opposed to 100 per cent FIFO operations in the state.
This news has been welcomed by the CFMEU, which added that Newman must now stick to his word and take action to reverse existing compulsory FIFO arrangements.
CFMEU QLD district president Steve Smyth told Australian Mining “this is great news, as we’ve always been against both 100 per cent compulsory FIFO or 100 per cent compulsory community hiring, as we believe workers should have a choice”.
“We want Mr. Newman to now stick to his word and get BHP to lift its ban on locals applying for new jobs at its Daunia and Caval Ridge mine, and provide the current workforce the opportunity to live locally if they choose,” he said.
In an official statement Smyth went on to say that there are other mining operations currently refusing to hire locals as well, and this practice must be stamped out.
“The new Grosvenor mine operated by Anglo [American] is insisting its workforce commute to the site from hours away, even though it is only five kilometre from Moranbah.
“With large scale job losses in mining there are many skilled experienced mineworkers in Bowen Basin towns like Moranbah looking for work,” he said.
“They shouldn’t have to uproot their families and leave their communities in order to get around the ban on local employment.”