Mining communities call on Bligh to reject FIFO bid

Residents from mining communities around Queensland will meet in Moranbah tonight to call on the Bligh Government to reject BMA’s 100% FIFO bid.

The locals have called for a rejection of BMA’s bid to create a fully fly in fly out work force for its proposed Caval Ridge coal mine.

BMA put forth a Change Request Application to the Queensland Co-ordinator-General on 15 June to increase the proportion of FIFO employees.

 “The request will allow BMA to widen its recruitment options in a tight labour market, by providing greater flexibility and choice for new employees,” a BMA spokesperson said.

The Moranbah Action Group stated on its Facebook that “this will deny working families to the opportunity to make their own living decisions, and allow economic benefits to bypass the entire region”.

The miner had previously agreed to a ratio of 70:30, agreeing to source a minimum of 30% of its workforce from the local region.

Mayors Mike Brunker from the Whitsundays, Brad Carter from Rockhampton, Cedric Marshall from Isaac, and Mackay deputy mayor Darryl Camelleri as well as a number of councillors will all attend the meeting.

“Council representatives, like everyone else in our region, know that BMA’s 100% fly in fly out out agenda will set a dangerous precedent – outsource 100% of the economic benefit and remove the choice of workers to live with their families,” Kelly Vea Vea, president of Queensland Mining Communities said.

Vea Vea went on to say that BMA is being dishonest in its attempts to bully the state government into approving BMA’s application by saying the project was at risk.

“We want to grow sustainably alongside industry, not be turned into mere bus stops on the road to massive mining industry profits; and that’s what 100% fly-in, fly-out will do to our entire region.”

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