100 per cent FIFO claims for Carmichael coal “arrogant”

The CFMEU has criticised comments from Adani’s CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj that the Carmichael mine will have a 100 per cent FIFO workforce.

CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth told the Daily Mercury that the Queensland Government would be able to use the EIS approval process to ensure regional Queenslanders could benefit from employment on the project.

"We understand the site is remote and commuting options need to be considered,” Smyth said.

"However investment in long-term housing on the site shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.

Commuting arrangements must prioritise regional hubs so that our centres like Mackay and Townsville and Rockhampton have access to jobs.

"There must also be requirements for Adani to invest in local training and engage with locally-based services.

"This project must deliver for Queensland and especially regional Queensland – not just Adani's bottom line. Otherwise, what's the point?"

The Adani CEO said yesterday that there was no other option than 100 per cent FIFO [CORRECTED] for the proposed coal mine, and indicated that the company would not allow employees to drive to the mine for safety reasons.

Smyth said the contention that the mine must use 100 per cent FIFO employees was arrogant.

The nearest major centre to the proposed Carmichael site is Mackay, which is 500 kilometres away.

Dawson MP George Christensen has also said FIFO will be the only solution for the Carmichael mine.

"Our region has the capability to supply a qualified FIFO workforce for the Adani mine, and we have all the expert mining support services here for them as well, so Mackay has the lead on becoming the FIFO hub and the service centre for the Galilee Basin," he said.