FIFO pat­tern of vi­o­lence ‘es­ca­lat­ing’

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Busi­ness own­ers are call­ing on re­sources com­pa­nies to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity over fly-in, fly-out work­forces af­ter sev­eral in­ci­dents at venues across Kar­ratha in re­cent months.

Com­plaints of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour from FIFO work­ers have been raised dur­ing the past three shut­downs, most re­cently in April when an elec­tri­cal fault forced Kar­ratha Gas Plant off­line for more than a fort­night.

Res­o­lute Se­cu­rity Ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Sean Cooper said a cow­ard punch on April 15, al­legedly by a FIFO worker from Woodside dur­ing shut­down, had left one of his em­ploy­ees in need of spe­cial­ist treat­ment and un­able to re­turn to work.

“The im­pact is far-reach­ing for us, fi­nan­cially and phys­i­cally,” he said.

“The pat­tern of vi­o­lence oc­cur­ring is es­ca­lat­ing and alarm­ing.”

Woodside failed to re­spond to calls for com­ment.

Kar­ratha Gas Plant ser­vice provider UCJV is un­der­stood to have barred the in­di­vid­ual at the cen­tre of the in­ci­dent from re­turn­ing to work for any part­ners or Woodside fa­cil­i­ties.

A UGL spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment.

Former tav­ern owner Kim Lox­ton said the ac­tions of those in ques­tion was dam­ag­ing the rep­u­ta­tion and in­come of venues in Kar­ratha.

“For five years, we’ve put an enor­mous amount of money and ef­fort into cre­at­ing a fam­i­lyfriendly im­age (at the ’Brey) and that gets de­stroyed overnight by d ........ who think they can do what­ever they want,” he said.

“These FIFOs are not com­mu­nity-minded, they put noth­ing into the com­mu­nity, the com­pa­nies sup­port them, and it is time for the com­pa­nies to take own­er­ship of them.

“This needs to be an is­sue that the re­source com­pa­nies en­gage with lo­cal busi­ness own­ers to put a stop to it.”

Mr Lox­ton said he would like to see uni­formed staff from Woodside present at venues as a de­ter­rence to an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

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