Idyl­lic work con­di­tions turned to dust

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

“I COULDN’T be­lieve you could en­joy go­ing to work so much; it was great money, a great life.”

War­wick Stead’s ini­tial ex­pe­ri­ence as a fly-in-fly-out worker was as good as it could get.

One week on and one week off, ex­cel­lent con­di­tions and a great so­cial life made him and his friends happy work­ers. Mr Stead said they were like fam­ily and were there for each other af­ter their 12-hour shifts to have a laugh and a chat.

A year af­ter he started, the shifts changed to two weeks on and two weeks off and the pay went down dra­mat­i­cally, com­pounded by the fact that work­ers were no longer be­ing paid for their travel days.

Mr Stead said morale started to drop and then the so­cial life on of­fer dried up. Last Au­gust the taps were turned off and al­co­hol was banned.

“Af­ter 7pm at night you’d be lucky to even see any­one out­side of their room,” he said.

Mr Stead ap­plied for about 10 jobs be­fore he found one as a me­chanic and ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor at Mya­ree busi­ness ANG Automotive in May.

Five of his friends from the mine have also left since. Mr Stead said the best thing about be­ing per­ma­nently home with his wife is the fact he doesn’t have to miss out on fam­ily oc­ca­sions and time with friends.

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