A new production and maintenance organisation forged within BHP will create 350 jobs in the Bowen Basin.
The Operations Services organisation will provide maintenance services focusing on infrastructure and asset management functions at the Caval Ridge and Daunia Coal mines. It will also allow BHP Mitsubishi Alliance to address limitations in labour availability and reduce its reliance of labour-hire workers.
According to a BHP spokesman, the Operations Services will “offer permanent jobs for workers – many of whom are currently labour hire employees and will provide security and flexibility to them, labour stability and productivity benefits for BHP”.
Mackay Chamber of Commerce treasurer Simon Vigliante said he had some reservations concerning the timing of the announcement from BHP.
“The offer of permanent positions is great for those that need it and is in line with a common perception that the balance has tipped too far towards casualisation,” he said.
“I question the motive when an impending inquiry into the industry is being driven by the CFMEU and some politicians.