The West Live: Unions call to wind back FIFO ‘divorce rosters’


COVID-19 fly-in, fly-out rosters are taking a toll on West Australian mining families with unions calling for a wind-back of the “divorce rosters”.

Many of Australia’s major mining companies doubled, and in some cases tripled, the length of rosters in late March, with some changing from two-weeks-on and one-week-off to four-weeks-on and two-weeks-off.

The debate over the rosters comes after an underground contractor died at the Saracen Mineral Holdings’ Dervish goldmine, 120km north-east of Kalgoorlie, when his loader veered off the edge of a slope and fell 25m.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union state secretary Steve McCartney will speak to The West Live host Jenna Clarke from 8.45am about the pressure the WA fly-in, fly-out community is under amid the pandemic.

Later on the show, Shadow Tourism Minister Alyssa Hayden will join Clarke to discuss a petition she has launched to advocate for more COVID-19 relief grants for small businesses.

Tune in here at 8.45AM.