Adani jobs must be local, permanent and secure

Published: 5 Jun 2019

CFMEU National President Tony Maher has called on Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow to urgently clarify the number and nature of jobs that will be offered at the Charmichael mine project during its production phase, if the project is approved. Mr Maher has written formally to Mr Dow with the union’s key questions:

  1. Will Adani directly employ mineworkers during the production phase of the project? How many?
  2. Will you engage labour hire companies and for what proportion of the workforce?
  3. Will you commit to ‘same job same pay’ for labour hire workers?
  4. Will you rule out using a casual or fixed-term workforce and commit to permanent employment arrangements for all employees with on-going work and consistent roster patterns?
  5. Will locals from nearby communities including Clermont and Charters Towers have access to permanent operational roles at the mine? Or will these jobs only be available to workers flying in from Rockhampton, Townsville, or other centres?
  6. Are there plans to direct any aspect of production from a remote operations centre? If so, where would that be located and how would it affect jobs in Central Queensland? 7. Will you commit to providing apprenticeships and skills training opportunities for central Queenslanders?

“Mining can and should be a provider of quality employment for regional Australians,” Mr Maher said in the letter.

“Unfortunately, the industry hasn’t always held up its side of the bargain. Coal mining companies have been known to reject locals in favour of FIFO workers from thousands of kilometres away and have driven mass casualisation across the industry, leaving workers without leave entitlements or job security for years on end.

“Union and community members who have supported your project in good faith, on the basis of good local jobs, deserve to know they won’t be let down if the project proceeds.

“The Carmichael mine project has the potential to provide quality employment to thousands of locals over the years ahead. But this outcome cannot be relied upon unless you are willing to provide some undertakings.”

The CFMEU will update its members as soon as possible with Adani Australia’s response.