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CFMEU calls on BHP to end 100% FIFO at AGM

WORKERS have called on BHP Billiton to end 100% fly in, fly out at the company's annual general meeting.

BHP's central Queensland coal operations were barely mentioned during chairman Jac Nasser or chief Andrew Mackenzie's addresses, with a potential demerger the major talking point throughout Thursday's meeting.

However, a central Queensland BHP employee, and CFMEU representative, Ken Ingrey took the floor after those speeches and asked why local workers were being told to move to Brisbane or Cairns to work at BHP's Caval Ridge and Daunia coal mines.

"It is insane," Mr Ingrey said. "It's costing the business money."

He said to central Queensland residents it looked like a "brazen attempt to destroy" the Moranbah community.

Mr Nasser promised to look at a union petition Mr Ingrey presented and "read every word" on it.

"You must feel really strongly about this," Mr Nasser said.

"I'm glad you're here, you've come a long way."

He encouraged Mr Ingrey and other workers to raise the issue on site.

CFMEU mining and energy division national vice-president Wayne McAndrew said Mr Nasser's guarantee he would read the petition was a good result.

"It's a reasonable result. We'll be contacting Andrew Mackenzie and reminding the board of the chairman's promise to look at the petition," he said.

"It's the best outcome we could hope for. There's a lot of rhetoric at AGMs so that's a promise we can act on.

"We're not against FIFO at all when it's used appropriately. But we certainly don't support 100% FIFO. It take away choice not just from the locals who can't work there but from the FIFO workers."

The Queensland Labor party announced last month it would stop 100% FIFO at mines near regional centres, while the LNP said it did not foresee a future need for 100% FIFO operations in new mine developments.

- APN NEWSDESK


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