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North West Telegraph - - News -

The men­tal health of fly-in, fly-out work­ers has again been ad­dressed by the State Gov­ern­ment, who have re­leased an up­dated draft code for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. We asked our read­ers if they be­lieved there was enough be­ing done to help FIFO work­ers with their men­tal health.

Why are they do­ing it if it has im­pli­ca­tions of this de­gree? The money isn’t worth it. David Sharp I don’t get it. I’ll take FIFO any time. Max Pow­ered Maybe quiet FIFO re­build strug­gling towns — put money back into them could be a change for the bet­ter all round. Shel­ley Glas

FIFO work­ers don’t re­alise how good they have it. The prob­lems just men­tioned, “re­ported high lev­els of dis­tress, most of them linked to miss­ing spe­cial events, re­la­tion­ship prob­lems, fi­nan­cial stress, shift ros­ters and so­cial iso­la­tion”, are far worse if your em­ployer re­quires you to be­come res­i­den­tial. Then you won’t be FIFO but you will never go home for those spe­cial oc­ca­sions and you will miss all of them, not just the ones that hap­pen while you are work­ing. Len Hay­ward Is enough be­ing done to help the health of lo­cals who are ex­pected to jump at no­tice with­out suit­able re­cov­ery breaks and with­out all the money thrown as it is to FIFO for lo­cals to sus­tain liv­ing in the coun­try? Lo­cal — ex­pected to be avail­able 24/7. FIFO must have suit­able breaks. Lo­cals pay for ac­com­mo­da­tion, clean­ing, pay rates, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, gym fees, high air­fares, in­sur­ances, cars, work and PPE equip­ment; FIFO all in­cluded. Wayne Ness Posts and com­ments on so­cial me­dia may be pub­lished and edited for le­gal, con­tent or space rea­sons. face­book.com/ NorthWestTele­graph @NWTele @northwesttele­graph

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