AngloGold signs on with FIFO Families

AngloGold Ashanti has signed up to FIFO Families social support and education program for fly in fly out workers and their families.

The company is the first gold miner in the country to sign up.

Under the agreement all workers at AngloGold's Tropicana and Sunrise Dam mine in Western Australia now have the option of taking up FIFO Families memberships.

FIFO Families director Nicole Ashby welcomed AngoGold's move, saying it is part of a recognisable shift in attitude in the mining sector.

"More companies are now recognising the direct link between supporting the FIFO worker, their partners and families and the company's bottom line,” Ashby said.

"Providing workers and families with the necessary skills and resources to navigate the FIFO lifestyle is paying dividends."

Discussions between the two groups started late last year.

Speaking on the new option for its workers, AngloGold senior vice president – Australia, Mike Erickson, said "we recognise that FIFO work can sometimes present challenges for employees and their partners and families, and wanted to provide our people with the opportunity to take advantage of the unique support network and valuable information that FIFO Families offers".

“We see FIFO Families as an excellent complement to our Employee Assistance Programme.”

AngloGold employs approximately 400 FIFO workers across the Tropicana and Sunrise Dam old mines.

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