Ichthys LNG workers push for shorter roster

Following protests last week, Northern Territory union branches have indicated they will step up their efforts to lobby for a 3/1 roster at Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project.

NT Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union organiser Bryan Wilkins said workers are frustrated at the 4/1 roster which keeps FIFO workers away from their families for four consecutive weeks each swing.

"We're the last project with four-and-one rosters in place … We'd like to see at least 21-7 introduced,” Wilkins said.

At least seven suicides have been registered among FIFO workers staying at the Manigurr-ma Village during the construction project.

The Ichthys project is now running behind schedule, with Inpex pushing out the original end-of-2016 start-up to the September quarter of 2017.

A spokesperson for Inpex said workers have a six day week with each Sunday off, however unions have said that rostered days off have been cancelled in the past six months, which has resulted in fatigue issues.

Last year workers at the Gorgon LNG project were successful in having their 4/1 FIFO roster changed to a 23/10 roster, after strong opposition from contractors and project owner Chevron.

 

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