FIFO pattern of violence ‘escalating’
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.