Business

QCLNG workers walk off job over camp health concerns

FIFO SHOCK: Revelations of FIFO recruitment at GLNG spark outrage.
FIFO SHOCK: Revelations of FIFO recruitment at GLNG spark outrage. QGC

CURTIS Island workers have risked losing a day's pay, walking off the job over health concerns around camp kitchens.

Construction giant Bechtel slammed Wednesday's action on QCLNG, with general manager Kevin Berg calling it "unlawful" and "ridiculous".

The company is disputing claims a maggot was found in food - calling it a caterpillar.

Joint unions voted to withdraw labour Wednesday morning, with more than 1000 workers reportedly downing tools.

One camp-based worker said dirty cutlery, poor treatment of catering staff, and the discovery of a maggot in broccoli (pictured on Page 1) were issues.

"It's just unhealthy - I've had a bowel infection myself, and there have been cases of shingles in camp," he said.

"We've had concerns for 10 months, and it's only a matter of time before somebody's going to die."

Another raised concerns about raw chicken being served.

Workers in the QCLNG camp believe a maggot was found in broccoli from the camp kitchen - but Bechtel insists it was a caterpillar. Photo Contributed
Workers in the QCLNG camp believe a maggot was found in broccoli from the camp kitchen - but Bechtel insists it was a caterpillar. Photo Contributed Contributed

Bechtel and union representatives met over the action, with no agreement.

Mr Berg would only acknowledge the discovery of "a single caterpillar".

"A number of employees participated in unlawful industrial action on the QCLNG site as a result of this isolated occurrence," he said.

"This action will be responded to appropriately in line with Australian Workplace laws and regulations." Workers said yesterday they wouldn't be paid for the day.

Mr Berg defended conditions in the camp, and denied any "outbreak" of disease.

Bechtel said one case of suspected shingles had seen a patient removed to recover.

"We set a very high standard and expectation for our camp operations," he said.

But several workers insisted Bechtel's claims were "smoke and mirrors".

"It's a health and safety issue, someone's going to get food poisoning or worse," another worker said.

Union representatives did not return calls on Wednesday.

CFMEU, AMWU and AWU representatives have not been available for comment.

Topics:  bechtel curtis island gladstone lng unions



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'Culture shock': Gladstone's new powerhouse doctor

Gladstone Medical Centre has welcomed a new doctor Sameer Pabalkar.

Doctor with more than 20 years now calls Gladstone home.

$25 billion APLNG project spared in Origin's mass sell off

LNG FUKUROKUJU is purpose built to carry LNG from the APLNG facility at Curtis Island to Kansai Electric facility in Japan.

APLNG won't be part of a separate entity after Origin revamp.

Local Partners

What's on the big screen this week

TJ Miller and Jason Bateman in a scene from the movie Office Christmas Party.

A COMEDY about a rowdy office Christmas party hits cinemas today.

MOVIE REVIEW: Moana is an original adventure in paradise

The character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in a scene from the movie Moana.

One Boxing Day animated film has a heart as big as the Pacific Ocean

MOVIE REVIEW: Singing the praises of a joyous animated film

The character Buster Moon in a scene from the movie Sing.

Animated film Sing hits all the right notes for family entertainment

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

GEORGE Lucas spin-off to hold fans over until Episode VIII.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

Coldplay bathes Brisbane fans in sea of colour

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Coldplay are in Australia for a five-show tour. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Frontman Chris Martin drapes himself in Australian flag

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman heads a group that bought the UGL warehouses in Paget for about $10 million.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

Council opens up on 'secret' private development companies

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!