Re­sources in­dus­try urged on ros­ter rethink for FIFO work­ers

Broome Advertiser - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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