Amendments to fix 100% compulsory FIFO questioned by CFMEU

CENTRAL Queensland Coalition MPs Michelle Landry and George Christensen must reveal details about how their proposed amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 would actually work to fix the issue of 100% compulsory FIFO and whether their own party will support it, the miners' union said today. 

CFMEU Mining and Energy District president Steve Smyth also questioned whether Christensen and Landry would push for an end to the tax incentives that their Government gives to companies for using FIFO workers above local workers. 

"Until we hear more information about whether this bill would actually end compulsory 100 per cent FIFO, this looks like nothing more than a popularity stunt by Landry and Christensen," Mr Smyth said.

"If this really will give workers at Daunia and Caval Ridge a real choice about where they live and whether they work FIFO, of course we would support it.

"But Landry and Christensen haven't yet explained how it will work in practise or even whether their own party will support it.

"If they are serious about this issue, Landry and Christensen should also be pushing their Government to quickly end the preferential tax treatment that companies like BHP get for using FIFO workers.

"There's a Federal Election coming up and these are two of the most marginal seats - is this bill just a panicked attempt to regain the support of the community in Central Queensland from two MPs who have sat on their hands for the past two years?"