McGowan drive cuts FIFO numbers

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.

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THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

Mining blowout as wages start rising

Original article by Nick Evans
The Weekend Australian – Page: 21 & 32 : 16-Jan-21

There is growing concern about a wages blowout in Western Australia’s mining sector, as the continued strength of the iron ore price ignites speculation of a new resources boom. Fortescue Metals Group recently advised of a cost blowout at its Iron Bridge magnetite project, and other mining companies with projects under development in WA are also likely to experience cost pressures. Skills shortages and restrictions on hiring staff from interstate have also prompted mining companies to start poaching workers from their rivals and other sectors.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Queue for mining jobs shows the industry’s pain

Original article by Angus Grigg
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 25-Mar-15

Sirius Resources’ Nova nickel mine in Western Australia is slated to cost $A443m and will commence production in 2016. CEO Mark Bennett notes it would have cost about $A650m to build the mine during the resources boom’s peak. He adds that it is now also much easier to secure workers than three years ago, and each job Sirius advertises now attracts about 300 applicants

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SIRIUS RESOURCES NL – ASX SIR, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL