CEPU hails FIFO report an important first step
WELCOMING Wednesday's parliamentary inquiry into FIFO and DIDO workforce's is the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU), hailing it as an important first step in addressing the growing problems caused by the practices.
CEPU assistant national secretary Allen Hicks said the detrimental impacts of these practices on workers, their families and regional community were highlighted by the committee's recommendations.
"Thousands of workers in the mining sector are now forced to split their lives in two, working long shifts at a mine site then flying home, which is highly disruptive to their lives and families," he said.
"While the CEPU understands that there are times when these practices may be essential, such as during the labour intensive construction phase, this report confirms our long-held belief that a better balance must be struck between the needs of mining companies, and the needs of workers and regional communities."
He said the CEPU was behind the inquiry.
"Our union fully supports the committee's recommendations, including a greater examination of the social and economic impacts of these practices on regional communities; the impacts on workers, their families and children; and the need for greater investment in residential housing and medical services," Mr Hicks said.
"The members of this committee must be commended for their efforts, but the real test will be whether parliament can turn these recommendations into tangible actions."