Mining companies should first provide no alternative to FIFO
THE Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has focused on the need to prioritise regional communities over revenue following Wednesday's parliamentary inquiry into FIFO and DIDO practices.
CFMEU National President Tony Maher said before employing FIFO workforces mining companies should be required to prove that there is no reasonable alternative.
"The impacts of FIFO and DIDO work arrangements on individuals, families, communities and the broader economy are so great that decisions should not only rest on mining companies' bottom lines," he said.
"Mining companies once built towns and invested in communities. But we have seen a boom in FIFO and DIDO across regional areas in Queensland... simply because it's cheaper.
He said it was unreasonable to expect miners to choose that lifestyle.
"Often, workers are given no choice to live in a community with their family - FIFO or DIDO are the only options," Mr Maher said.
"Over time we are seeing the fallout from FIFO diminishing services in regional areas, social discord with large groups of single men camped on the edge of country towns, and the growing failure of mining companies to invest in training for young Australians."
Mr Maher welcomed the report.
"It's time the mining companies were held to account for the damamge they are inflicting on regional communities, workers and their families," he said.
"This report is a good start and has made some welcom recommendations. There are further areas for investigation and reform, including the punishing rosters many FIFO workers are subjected to on construction projects."