Move to increase FIFO workers
BMA has lodged an official application with the Co-ordinator General for a 100% fly-in, fly-out workforce at their proposed Caval Ridge mining project but they face a battle with Moranbah community members opposed to the move.
On June 15 BMA submitted a Change Request Application to the Queensland Coordinator-General seeking approval to increase the fly-in, fly-out workforce for the proposed Caval Ridge Mine project from 70% to up to 100%.
“The request will allow BMA to widen its recruitment options in a tight labour market, by providing greater flexibility and choice for new employees,” a BMA spokeswoman said yesterday.
Queensland Mining Communities president Kelly Vea Vea said said BMA was trying to bully State and Local government and the community into accepting 100% fly-in, fly-out by saying the Caval Ridge project might not go ahead.
She said communities recognised the legitimate role of fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforces in supporting industry expansion but industry leaders BHP, who made a $10.5 billion first-half profit this year, largely from Central Queensland coal, were removing the choice for employees to live locally by forcing them on to 100% fly-in, fly-out work arrangements.
“We want to grow sustainably alongside industry, not be turned into mere bus stops on the road to massive mining industry profits; and that’s what 100% fly-in, fly-out will do to our entire region.
“No one in the region believes BMA’s shallow rhetoric on the project being at risk,” she said.
Ms Vea Vea said the original agreement of a 70/30 split meant 148 new homes for Moranbah, meaning 148 workers would have the opportunity to choose to live locally, with their families.