GVK may hire foreign workers for massive mining project

IT WILL spend up to $10 billion on building a three-in-one mine, rail and port system but Indian-owned mining giant GVK Resources may use foreign workers if left with no other choice.

To build the entire project, including the Alpha coal mine as its centrepiece, will require up to 4000 workers during construction with 1800 needed to operate all three areas full time.

Speaking to reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday, coal and infrastructure managing director Paul Mulder said the priority would be to always use workers who were living either locally or nationally, but would not rule out an enterprise migration agreement to bring in workers from overseas.

He said four separate contracts would be signed with companies to plan, supply and build parts of the port-mine-rail project, with some to supply labour.

"We have no plans to go down this track at the moment," he said.

"Our priority has always been to recruit locally and nationally and then, and only then, would we go internationally."

Mr Mulder said using overseas workers would cost GVK more than using Australians.


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