Friday, 15 February 2013 09:03
Australia’s resource employers have been unfairly demonised twice in the past fortnight, according to the Australian Mines and Metals Association.
In a media statement released Friday morning, Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) chief executive Steve Knott commented on the negative representation of mining employers in the media and the flow-on effect that representation would have on general public perception of the industry.
"First was the launch of a politically-motivated trade union campaign that misleads the Australian public on the usage of skilled migration in our industry," Mr Knott said.
"Official data is that 28,500 new jobs were created in the resource sector in the last 12 months and 92 per cent were filled by Australians."
Mr Knott also said the the long-awaited parliamentary committee report into the impacts of Fly-in, Fly-out and Drive-in, Drive-out working arrangements dropped the ball on a unique opportunity to discuss how the industry and government can work together to address skills, regional infrastructure and community development.
"The ‘Cancer of the Bush’ headline arising from the committee’s report is demeaning to thousands of Australian FIFO workers and offensive to families who have lost loved ones to cancer," he said.
"It is totally inappropriate from our nation’s leaders to stoop to such language."
Mr Knott said the government should instead be promoting existing initiatives already in place to transition Australians into mining employment and provide the training, skills and knowledge required to participate in the great opportunities within the industry.
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