Scott Rushton sent 300 job applications to secure a mining job with no luck.
Scott Rushton sent 300 job applications to secure a mining job with no luck. John McCutcheon

Issue of mining jobs strikes nerve

THE issue of mining jobs has hit a nerve with a lot of Daily Mercury readers.

Our online poll of the day was on the subject: Are mining companies too fussy when it comes to prospective employees? Yes was 56%. No was 44%.

Claims of nepotism, exaggerating job vacancy numbers to justify an off-shore workforce and suggestions on how to break into the industry have been made by readers in both our SMS column and in comments on our website.

Sunshine Coast resident Scott Rushton sparked the controversy by openly saying the promise of high-paying mining jobs was a con.

He spent thousands of dollars on courses, sent off hundreds of job applications and moved to Mackay but did not even get an interview.

One SMS in reply stated: "I agree with Scott Rushton. There are plenty of mining jobs out there, but they don't want to know about you unless you have mining experience."

Another reader wrote: "Mining companies don't want Aussie workers. They can go to government and say we can't fill the positions and request off-shore labour."

A comment on our website includes: "We have been trying to tell people this for a long time - but no-one will believe the commenters. Mining jobs are all smoke and mirrors and this government in collusion with the mining companies use these promises of work for the people - as a dangling carrot and a false hope for many - so that they can justify the rape and pillage of our land for their money-making schemes."

Another website commentator says: "'Left my name and 'sent off hundreds of job applications' is not enough."

The commentator says: "How about getting on the phone or better yet, getting off your backside and knock on a few doors. It's called taking the initiative."