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Key staff outsourced
THE new employment trend on CQ mine sites.
Wednesday 12 November 2014  

TWO key engineering roles at BMA’s Saraji mine have been put out to tender, signalling the beginning of a new era on CQ mine sites.

The new consultancy roles - one for infrastructure projects and one for the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) - would previously have been filled by full-time employees.

It’s the beginning of a new employment trend, according to one Mackay mining services insider.

“It screws down costs,” he told Shift Miner.

“Putting the positions out to tender would cost a lot less than filling the roles internally so its just another way to ratchet down costs,” he said.

The trend away from permanent workforces to contractors and labour hire is not new, and has been evident in the Bowen Basin since the downturn began to bite 18 months ago.

However, in the past, outsourced positions have been mainly concentrated at the operator level, with managerial and engineering jobs generally still filled internally.

That now appears to be changing.

“It means they don’t have to have people sitting there all the time, they can dump them off when they don’t need them and they don’t face the same redundancy issues,” said the insider.

For Mackay-based services businesses struggling to survive, it presents a new opportunity.

“Any company that wins [the tender] could, in theory, pick up more work because the role will need downstream support,” he said.

After 12 months of extensive cost costing in other areas, mining companies are now turning their attention to reducing labour costs.

BMA has recently hit Central Queensland mining contractors with a request to cut charge out rates by 33 per cent.

Employees at major contractor Hastings Deering are currently voting on whether to accept a 25 per cent cut in wages, in its new enterprise bargain agreement (EBA).

Major mining companies are yet to embark on EBA negotiations with their workforces, but significant cuts to contractor pay and conditions signal they will be looking to make significant changes.

The CFMEU’s Steve Pierce said the Bowen Basin’s permanent workforces were on tenterhooks.

“People are very reluctant to push back at the moment,” he told Shift Miner.

“They are scared that if they do they will be pushed out the door and replaced with a contractor.”

He has also accused BMA of shedding hundreds of permanent positions at the same time as putting on labour hire workers in the same areas.

“What that really confirms is this is about the casualisation of the workforce but BMA is using the trojan horse of business realignment to justify it.”


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