'A slap in the face for Central Queensland': CFMEU
THE powerful union for Queensland mine workers may be running a campaign called "Let's Spread it Around", but it is furious after jobs for two new Moranbah mines were delivered to Cairns.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has spruiked the decision by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance to fly in workers for the new Daunia and Caval Ridge from Cairns and other parts of Far North Queensland.
In a joint press conference, Mr Seeney said it was a way of spreading the perks of the mining industry throughout the state.
Cairns and Brisbane are slated to supply the lion's share of workers to the two projects, which will employ up to 950 jobs between them.
But Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union national mining and energy secretary Andrew Vickers described it as a "slap in the face" for the Central Queensland region.
He said workers would be shut out of the process, despite BMA closing two mines in the past 12 months.
"By relying so heavily on fly-in, fly-out, (BMA) is locking out local workers from the benefits and delivering more of the negative aspects of the mining boom to Central Queensland communities," Mr Vickers said.
"The fact that the State Government is applauding rather than condemning BHP for its use of 100% FIFO shows just how endemic the situation is in Queensland."
The recruitment process is to begin immediately with workers to be flown into Moranbah from Cairns by mid-year.