Two Queensland Liberal politicians have made moves to render 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) illegal.
Federal Members for Dawson and Capricornia, George Christensen and Michelle Landry, put up a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Fair Work Act 2009.
If approved the amendment will make it illegal for companies to refuse applicants jobs based on where they live.
The proposed amendment to the federal Fair Work Act reads: “An employer must not take adverse action against a person who is an employee, or prospective employee, of the employer because of where the person lives.”
There are currently two 100 per cent FIFO mines in the region, BMA’s Daunia and Caval Ridge operations.
Only workers living within a Brisbane or Cairns postcode are eligible to apply for jobs at the mines.
“Our bill is about ensuring all workers get a fair go when it comes to applying for jobs right on their doorstep, and ending the geographic discrimination which is inherent in this practice,” Mr Christensen said.
“It (100 per cent FIFO) was introduced by the Bligh Labor Government when the coal industry was experiencing a boom, and little thought was given to the effect of such a practice when the boom had passed.
“We now have people who live in places like Mackay and Moranbah who are unable to apply for jobs at certain mines which are just down the road.
“This discrimination needs to end, and our push is about ensuring that workers who live in Central Queensland can apply for any and all jobs going in our coal mining sector.”
Ms Landry said the 100 per cent FIFO rule was hurting the survival of local towns.