Mining families “still happy” despite hard work

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Despite working difficult rosters and long hours Queensland mining families are more stable than average families in the state, according to one fly-in fly-out researcher.

The Morning Bulletin reports Dr Karin Stokes from the Centre of Environmental Management says while sacrificing family time for extra cash most mining workers "still remain happy" in their relationships.

Stokes said she had interviewed eight couples from Central Queensland mines and hoped to complete 30 in total.

She said early indications showed workers were coping balancing the lifestyle challenges of mining.

"These people are quite happy with their relationship, not just the money," she said.

"There is a perception out there that miners will quit after two years because they can’t cope with the work or it impacts on their social life."

"So far I have not spoken to anyone who has been in the industry for less than four years and is not happy."

Previous research from a number of industry bodies and unions has blamed the lifestyle challenges of the mining industry for an alarming rate of workers leaving the industry.

This week the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy told the Federal Government FIFO inquiry one in three FIFO workers left the sector within a year.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union said there was evidence to suggest the rate was even worse.

Image: WAtoday

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