BHP Billiton condemned!

February 10, 2003 - Greens (WA) spokesperson for industrial relations has raised concerns over proposed moves by BHP Billiton to forcibly make redundant only those members of the workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements at their Port Hedland sites.

'I find it quite preposterous that instead of offering voluntary redundancies, across both their Port Hedland sites, members of the workforce who are members of unions at Finucane Island are being selected for the chop' said Mr Chapple.

'It is also my understanding of the issue that BHP continues to use contractors while making redundant some of their permanent workers.'

At Newman, BHP Billiton also intend to employ 21 FIFO drivers on the Hill, when in fact there were ample local applicants to fill the positions.

If this is the case then BHP Billiton must stand condemned for their continued failure to support the development of the regional communities.

Local Governments throughout my electorate are struggling to stop the trend of mining companies sourcing their employees from outside their boundaries.

Recent reports prepared by my office and by the Tasmanian government into excessive shift hours and the FIFO culture, have found them to be socially damaging not only to general and regional communities but more importantly to workers and their families as well.

'Lets work towards building and expanding long term stable regional communities, rather than BHP's idea of making dormitory societies,' said Mr Chapple.

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