Resources industry urged on roster rethink for FIFO workers
A former union official-turned State MP is urging the resources industry to adopt equal-time rosters in the wake of another report into mental health issues facing fly-in, fly-out workforces.
Among 18 recommendations was a call to implement even-time or shorter roster schedules, after data showed psychological stress was more prevalent among those on longer swings.
Labor Member for Mining and Pastoral Kyle McGinn said Gold Fields Australia’s recent move to highlight family-friendly rosters at the Gruyere project was a good example of industry getting on the front foot. “That is exactly what we are after — industry making decisions themselves and. . . spruiking it to the public,” he said.
Mr McGinn said while industry had made strides in collaborating to cut costs, coming together to improve mental health could still use work.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA chief executive Paul Everingham said industry had taken the lead on implementing recommendations it could address.
He said it was overly simplistic to assert implementing even-time rosters would have a meaningful effect on mental health.
“(The research) looked at a variety of interacting factors and found a range of factors related to the workplace, individual and external environment, were significant in influencing mental health outcomes,” he said.