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FIFO employees told to voluntarily live close to work

Monadelphous workers
Monadelphous workers

A construction, maintenance and industrial service provider is giving workers who normally live interstate the option to temporarily move to a residential roster due to the pandemic.

Monadelphous Group has invited its fly-in fly-out (FIFO) team to consider living close to work in the short-term to reduce the need to cross state borders, which could close at any time to help contain coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has meant, like many businesses, we have needed to work flexibly and adjust our ways of working as changing border restrictions have impacted employee travel to our worksites,” the company said in a public statement.

“We know everyone’s personal circumstances are different so, for our team members working away from their home states, we have worked hard to provide voluntary roster options which provide our people with the flexibility to choose.”

Holiday in ‘work state’

FIFO employees will have a choice between moving to a so-called “semi-residential” roster, which requires them to live close to the work site and take breaks in their “work state”. They will then visit their home states less frequently.

“The health and wellbeing of our people always comes first and foremost,” Monadelphous said.

“We are grateful for the sacrifices our employees make every day working away from their loved ones.”

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