The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche has said an out of mining community work force is a necessity in a tight labour market.
This statement comes on the back of the industry body announcing that it will be working closely with former Labor MP Jim Pierce who is an advocate for mining communities in the State’s central district.
Pierce has stated that the industry is failing to provide accommodation for families, instead relying on FIFO and commuting miners.
However, despite the prevailing view of the QRC, it support Pierce’s endeavour to secure greater funding for infrastructure in the region.
“We heartily agree with him that those communities deserve a fairer return of the wealth generated by those communities,” Roche said.
Though he went on to say that at the end of the day miners will choose where they want to live and that mining companies can not force their workers to live in the local townships.
“You can’t tie people down to a community,” he said.
BMA recently came under fire for attempting to change it workforce agreement, that would have seen at least 30% of the labour for its Queensland Caval Ridge coal mine come from the local region, to a full 100% of the workforce being fly in fly out sourced from other regions.
It was also aiming to achieve the same conditions at its nearby Daunia coal mine.