NEW BILL: Isaac region mayor Anne Baker is one of the driving forces   aiming to end the 100% FIFO.
NEW BILL: Isaac region mayor Anne Baker is one of the driving forces aiming to end the 100% FIFO. Isaac Regional Council

Fly-in-fly-out fight hopes for CQ workers

THE fight against 100% FIFO will touch down in Rockhampton today.

Isaac region mayor Anne Baker has been a key backer of the Strong and Sustain- able Resource Communities Bill 2016, submitted to Queensland Parliament late last year.

Her local government area encompasses key mining districts to have taken a huge economic hit from the resources downturn.

Cr Baker acknowledged while there's a place for FIFO and camps in the industry, there must be rules and regulations to stop companies discriminating against workers

"Some of the concerns include the prevention of 100% FIFO only relating to future projects, anti- discrimination applying only to post 2009 projects, nearby communities only defined as 100km away and some projects requiring local residents to live in camps on site during their shift,” Cr Baker explained.

Isaac Regional Council will host a public hearing in Rockhampton today from 2.30-4.30pm in conference room 1, Empire Apartment Hotel, 5 East St.

"There must be rules and regulations that prevent a company having the ability to discriminate against workers for where they live.

"If a worker decides they want to relocate to a nearby mining town, regional centre or FIFO from a major city, they should be able to.

"This bill is about ensur- ing that regional communi- ties in Queensland in the vicinity of large resource projects benefit from the operation of those projects.”



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