Shell boss “not a fan” of FIFO

The boss of Royal Dutch Shell’s Australian operations, Ann Pickard, has joined Woodside CEO Peter Coleman in talking down the benefits of fly-in fly-out work.

According to AAP Pickard said she was “not a fan” of FIFO as a long-term solution to running a resources project.

"I think it works well at construction time when you've got a bunch of jobs and people go some place for a short period of time,” she said.

"But I'm pretty passionate about making sure my family is with me wherever I'm at.”

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman also said some workers were choosing FIFO jobs because of the money, which was quite often the wrong reason to take up work.

"I certainly don't believe they're sustainable choices," he said.

"When I hear about stresses in family and so forth I would say, 'are people making the right choices?'"

According to AAP Coleman said while there were concerns about FIFO roles, workers were not being forced into the positions.

In the wider resources industry, particularly in high cost regions, workers have faced rising pressure to take up FIFO work or increase the amount of travelling they do.

In Queensland BMA has been pushing to use a 100 per cent FIFO workforce at the Caval Ridge mine, and rising costs in mining towns have been partly to blame for Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, and BHP moving some of their Pilbara workforce to Perth.

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