The rapid growth of FIFO (Fly in, Fly Out) and DIDO (Drive in, Drive Out) in Australian mining continues to throw up major problems for the workers, families and communities caught up in it.
Lifeline WA, a charity devoted to suicide prevention and counselling, has released a study on the mental health of mineworkers who travel very long distances to work and live on site for extended periods.
While the study was partly funded by industry and is sympathetic to the needs of the mining industry, it still shows some pretty alarming results.
New research out today shows that key rural and regional communities oppose temporary overseas work visas and support the federal government crackdown on the 457 Visa scheme.
Polling undertaken by UMR Research earlier this month in the electorates of Lyne and New England has found a majority of voters rejected the program, irrespective of whether they identified as independent, ALP or coalition voters.
Strong majorities in both electorates approved of the federal government’s new restrictions on temporary overseas workers.
It's on! Today at 1pm, TEAM CFMEU will take on each other and the rest of the contestants in the NSW Cancer Council's City Mile Dash at Barangaroo.
Team CFMEU is made up of 20 staffers from the Construction National Office and NSW Branch and from the Mining & Energy Division National Office. By 9.00am this morning they had raised a total $10,635 for the NSW Cancer Council.
"CFMEU staffers are running and walking in the City Mile Dash today for all our mates touched by cancer," said National Secretary Michael O'Connor. "The Union is proud of their enthusiasm to participate and that they have raised $10,635 in sponsorship for their efforts.