Thousands of Pilbara mining jobs will be promoted at an Illawarra jobs forum.The region’s union chief says he will take “at face value” a promise from Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron-ore project to seek expressions of interest from workers at an Illawarra jobs forum.
South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris was a vocal critic of the federal government’s decision in May to allow the project in remote Western Australia to use 1700 foreign construction workers.
This week he welcomed the planned jobs forum as a “positive first step”, but called for extra information about job numbers, skill requirements and where the positions would be based.
“If we’re serious about this, if this is an effort to get people into jobs as opposed to a PR exercise – and I’d like to think it’s the former – then let’s do this properly,” he said.
“Let’s get a breakdown of the types of jobs and occupations and the numbers that they’re after and let’s start working on this before they come over.”
Roy Hill Holdings agreed to attend a jobs forum in the Illawarra later this year – its first outside Western Australia – after an invitation from Gilmore MP Joanna Gash and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
It also launched a national campaign seeking expressions of interest, which has released details of some of the skills and experience required.
Positions include carpenters, concreters, crane operators, plant operators and others.
Most of the 8500 construction jobs won’t be required until next year and will be recruited by project contractors.
Flights to the Pilbara site will be provided from Perth, with no plan for an Illawarra connection.
Mr Rorris said the Illawarra had a large number of potential candidates, some of whom had previously applied for jobs in Western Australia, receiving no response.
“For me, and for the Labour Council more broadly, the trade union movement success here will be defined [by] seeing some of those people given those opportunities,” he said.
He wrote to Roy Hill this week about providing further details.
Labor MP Stephen Jones previously contacted the company and passed on resumes from several residents. Forum details are yet to be finalised.
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