Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 5 : 17-May-21
The number of east coast-based ‘fly-in fly-out’ workers in Western Australia’s mining sector was estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber of Minerals & Energy estimates that about 2,000 of these workers have relocated to WA since Premier Mark McGowan urged them to do so in May 2020. CME CEO Paul Everingham says the number of FIFO workers in the state’s mining sector could eventually fall to around 1,000. However, he believes that a labour shortage means that resources groups will need to continue to recruit workers from interstate.
THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET