May 4, 2020

Everyone Boss Must Go, Says Locals

Everyone Boss Must Go, Says Locals

On Tuesday BHP revealed it would shift its interstate FIFO workforce to WA and require most new hires to live in the state

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Growing pressure from the state government to hire locally and hard border policies making interstate FIFO more difficult has forced resources companies to rethink their human resources policies.

“We believe a science-based approach to resources sector border exemptions is important for our people, for the community and the government and that this should drive decisions relating to the health implications as well as the national economic impact of COVID-19,” she said.

Over the next 18 months, FMG is expected to complete both its Eliwana mine and Iron Birge magnetite project while BHP is hoping start shipping ore from its US$3.6 billion South Flank mine and Rio Tinto expects its US$2.6 billion Koodaideri to begin operations in 2022.

Chamber of Minerals and Energy chief executive Paul Everingham said the BHP announcement was formalising a position that BHP and other members had had for some time but with the ramp up of these projects his members would need to look east for skilled workers.

“It is a great announcement by BHP and warmly welcomed by industry...but I would say it doesn’t remove the need nor flexibly to be able to tap into other markets for much larger construction workforce requirements,” he said.

“Those big four iron ore projects are fantastic for WA and will help keep the WA mining sector as the engine room of the economy, but if we want to keep them operating at optimum level and employing as many people as possible and producing ore and paying royalties and taxes then we are going to need some flexibility around travel arrangements.”


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