Speak up on lo­cal jobs front

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

My fam­ily and I moved to the Pil­bara 14 years ago from Perth, and what a fan­tas­tic place it has been.

My gripe is not with the Pil­bara nor fly-in, fly-out work­ers, but the ma­jor com­pa­nies — Rio Tinto, BHP Bil­li­ton, Wood­side, Fortes­cue Met­als Group, Chevron, Roy Hill and their ma­jor con­trac­tors — that op­er­ate from the Pil­bara. We all know work is a lot harder to find since the boom fin­ished.

I’m not talk­ing about con­struc­tion work, I’m on about work for the lo­cal peo­ple who lived here be­fore and af­ter the boom.

I’m sure other Pil­bara res­i­dents have come across this.

The ma­jor com­pa­nies/ con­trac­tors in the Pil­bara are look­ing for FIFO work­ers to fill their work­force rather than em­ploy peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity who have the same ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Yes, if they can’t find a suit­able can­di­date for a role lo­cally, then source FIFO staff to fill that role.

Here is one ex­pe­ri­ence that my wife had ear­lier this year. She ap­plied for a job and re­ceived no­tice she was suc­cess­ful for the role, only to find out later she wasn’t suc­cess­ful be­cause she needed to com­plete an in­duc­tion in Perth, which was manda­tory, even af­ter she said she was will­ing to pay for the air­fare to Perth to com­plete the in­duc­tion.

As for life liv­ing in the Pil­bara, I think it’s com­ing to an end for us be­cause of these circumstances.

I urge all in the Pil­bara who have ex­pe­ri­enced this to speak up.

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