Seeney: Labor fight against 100% FIFO is a union crusade

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says fight against 100% FIFO shows the mining union's power over Labor
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says fight against 100% FIFO shows the mining union's power over Labor Contributed

THE Labor Party's commitment to end 100% fly-in, fly-out practices shows it is at the CFMEU's beck and call, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has told parliament.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said in parliament on Tuesday night if elected the Labor Party would end 100% FIFO practices, dubbing them "discriminatory".

"It would not be tolerated in Brisbane to be told you cannot get a job down the road because you have a particular postcode. Why is it being tolerated in Moranbah?" she asked.

She said Labor's approval of the two 100% FIFO mines, Caval Ridge and Daunia, were due to market conditions at a time when there was nearly full employment in mining towns.

"The Deputy Premier (Mr Seeney) understands full well the historical context of the original agreement, which was made at a time when there was near-full employment in the coalfields, when demand for staff was unprecedented, when house prices and rental costs in places such as Moranbah were at ridiculous highs and when it was impossible for mining companies to source a workforce exclusively from the local community," she said.

However, Mr Seeney said Labor had created the problem when it approved 100% FIFO at Caval Ridge and Daunia.

"More than anything else, that illustrates to me the extent to which these people are captive of the CFMEU, because it is only the CFMEU that sees this as a major problem," he said in parliament.

"They are captive of the CFMEU, because this issue is important to the CFMEU. It is all about control: control of mine sites, control of miners, control of their communities."

Mr Seeney reiterated the LNP policy against 100% FIFO operations, but said the party would not change existing practices.



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