Fortescue fights for workforce access amid tight border controls

Judith Street Harbour. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group has continued to manoeuvre through the impact of Western Australia’s strict border controls for all access points on its operations.

The Western Australian Government has ordered arrivals from other states in Australia by road, rail, air or sea, to self-isolate for 14 days.

Exemptions apply to “essential” services and workers, including mining industry workforces.

Fortescue’s scenario planning is aimed to ensure that operations continue and retain access to site critical operational roles.

While the majority of Fortescue’s workforce resides in Western Australia, the company has assigned dedicated charter flights direct form the East Coast of Australia to its sites.

“Fortescue has been working closely with industry and government on the impact of travel restrictions on the resources sector,” company chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said.

“The health and wellbeing of our whole team is our priority. We continue to safely deliver on our targets at this time of national need with mining, processing and shipments remaining in line with our guidance for the 2020 financial year.”

Fortescue also stated that it would work proactively with its team members to ensure that the company has resources available.

It will also work with its contracting partners to ensure that major projects continue in line with project schedules.