Forum to discuss job security in mining industry
THE CFMEU'S community representatives are holding a forum in Mackay today to discuss a fairer go for the mining industry.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry will join political, local government and community representatives to talk about compulsory FIFO, local jobs and the mining industry's engagement with regional communities and local businesses.
Ms Landry told The Morning Bulletin yesterday she was hoping for a positive outcome from the forum.
"I really want to go there and listen to what the people have to say," she said.
"I think there's a fairly diverse set of people invited to the forum, so it's always good to hear what the feeling on the ground is.
"Unfortunately with the price of coal things aren't going to improve in the foreseeable future, which is why I'm trying to push infrastructure projects and not be so dependent on the coal industry.
"I'm also interested to see what the new state government plan to do.
"They've been saying they're going to make changes so I want to see what those changes are.
"The set-up of their mines is 100% FIFO workers and I've said all a long that we need to have a balance of FIFO, DIDO and local workers."