New WA mining boom brings automation to the fore, but the unions aren’t happy

Original article by Bridget Fitzgerald
abc.net au – Page: Online : 10-Sep-19

Mining jobs in Western Australia are at their highest level since the peak of the last mining boom in 2013, with over 106,000 people currently employed in the sector. WA State Training Board chairman Jim Walker is working with mining companies and South Metropolitan TAFE on courses that will prepare workers for increased automation, with a recent McKinsey report estimating that over 30 per cent of jobs in the Pilbara region, where mining is the dominant employer, will be impacted by automation. Union official Jeff Carig says it is important that those of its members impacted by automation are offered the chance to retrain, while Volker Schilling, who has worked in the iron ore sector for many years, says automation has improved the way he works.

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