A union has called for an end to 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workforces at Queensland mines following a survey that shows the practice leaves employees tired, stressed and fearful about their jobs.
The CFMEU commissioned an online survey of 1493 miners, many from Queensland’s Bowen Basin, to examine the effects of FIFO work arrangements.
The results showed 69 per cent of miners had fears about their job security, 76 per cent had no choice over their working or living arrangements when they took the job, and 80 per cent identified fatigue as a major problem.
“This research demonstrate very clearly that mining companies and governments must work to put an end to 100 per cent FIFO in the mining industry,” CFMEU spokesman Wayne McAndrew said in Brisbane on Wednesday.
“Our workers and our communities deserve better.”
Former federal independent MP Tony Windsor, who chaired a parliamentary committee that investigated the impacts of FIFO arrangements, said the central Queensland town of Moranbah showed how locals were being locked out of jobs.
“When you develop a compulsory 100 per cent FIFO work practice, it negates their existence entirely,” he said.
“If you dehumanise the workforce in any industry, you run the risk of removing the word community from the dictionary.”
The Regional Australia Committee’s report, in which Mr Windsor was involved, handed down 21 recommendations more than two years ago.
But Mr Windsor said the Abbott government had not responded to the document and the committee had since been disbanded.
The CFMEU has also released a report on the economic and social impacts of the FIFO model on regional centres.
Mr McAndrew said its report suggested that if 30 per cent of the mining workforce was drawn from the Moranbah community, $14.3 million a year would be added to the town’s economy.
He said the Queensland government must step in with binding legislation because mining resources belong to Queenslanders.
“The government does have a say in making sure that when large multinational, powerful resource companies come to this state or anywhere else in Australia, that people are treated equally and fairly.”