Recruiters have filled more than two thirds of the temporary vacancies advertised as part of a multinational resources company’s major recruitment drive.
BHP has confirmed its labour hire partners have hired 1100 out of 1500 short-term workers for its coal, iron ore and copper operations across Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. The figure represents more than 73 per cent of positions available.
“Our financial strength has enabled us to continue to safely operate and supply our customers with the critical resources they require, and to continue to provide jobs and an underpinning of economic activity both locally and around the world,” BHP CEO Mike Henry said in the company’s latest quarterly report.
Nearly a dozen recruiters
The proponent is using Programmed, Chandler MacLeod, CoreStaff, Hays, WorkPac, One Key, Vimba Warta, Kokatha, Mickala, Lunar and Undamine to help job seekers find an immediate start in fly-in fly-out employment opportunities that will initially be offered for a six-month term.
BHP promises to offer permanent work for some of the successful job applicants after the contract term has ended. There is also potential for the number of temporary jobs to increase beyond the originally announced total of 1500.
- rail maintenance workers (multiple positions)
- process operator – expression of interest
- blasthole drillers (multiple)
- mobile plant operators (multiple)
- excavator operators (multiple)
- ancillary operators (multiple)
- quarry operators (multiple)
- all rounder / digger operators (multiple)
- experienced operators (multiple)
- experienced dump truck operators (multiple)
- mechanical fitter
- heavy duty fitter (multiple)
- mine services labourers expression of interest (multiple)
- junior project engineer
- electrical reliability engineer
- engineering and installation supervisor
- fixed plant operator
- auto electricians (multiple)
- process technician
- parts coordinator
- rail project manager
- environmental advisor
- flashbutt welders (multiple)
- bus driver.
Fair Work decision
There is potential for labour hire work benefits to improve, following the Fair Work Commission’s latest ruling that two enterprise agreements from BHP’s in-house labour hire provider Operations Services failed to pay affected workers more than the relevant mining industry and black coal mining industry award rates.
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) believes the agreements should not have been approved by the proponent because the terms allegedly breach National Employment Standards under the Fair Work Act.
BHP did not take a variety of pre-approval steps and the contracts failed to pass the better off overall test according to the final decision on the proponent’s appeal.
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“Operations Services has always been a strategy of BHP’s to drive down wages and conditions in the mining industry,” CFMEU national president Tony Maher said in a public statement. “These agreements are dodgy and the decision to approve them was dodgy and it is good to see that recognised by the full bench.”
The union expects the full bench of FWC to rehear applications for approval of the agreements.