Speak up on local jobs front
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.