Fearless FIFO fighters take crusade to Parliament House
TWO Central Queensland Federal MPs have stepped up their campaign to ban 100% Fly-In, Fly-Out and change government Fair Work laws.
Capricornia's Michelle Landry and Dawson's George Christensen say the practice is devastating local jobs and towns.
They have united to introduce a Private Members Bill to the floor of Parliament House in May that would make it illegal for companies to lock people out of jobs based on their home location.
It will seek to amend the Fair Work Act to prohibit discrimination against workers based on where they live.
Ms Landry said 100% FIFO was hitting small towns hard.
"If people can't work and live in local communities they simply leave," Ms Landry said.
"The consequence is that small business suffers, schools lose resources and other community services begin to dwindle."
Mr Christensen said the Bill, if successful, would help end the practice on some coal mines where workers who lived locally in Moranbah, Dysart, Nebo and Mackay were locked out of applying for jobs because they did not live in Brisbane, Cairns or the Gold Coast where companies preferred to source FIFO staff.