By The Editor
The chief executive of a major Melbourne-based mining company has caused a minor media storm with his comments that the Australian workforce was becoming “soft” and couldn’t be bothered moving for work.
Andrew Michelmore, the head of Minerals and Metal Groups, which has mining operations in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, says there was little incentive for people to move for work, resulting in skills shortages in remote mining areas.
”People can’t be bothered moving 25 kilometres to get a job because they will live off social welfare instead, and it’s a real worry for me watching Australia have a luxurious time at the benefit of our relationship with China,” he said.
To help solve these issues, Mr Michelmore says one of the ways to solve this is to get more seniors and women into the workforce, a call backed by leading seniors organisation. Michael O’Neill from National Seniors Australia said older Australians were looking for opportunities to remain in work, but needed a “degree of flexibility” so they can fulfil their other commitments at that time of life too.
Do you believe Mr Michelmore is correct in his comments about the workforce and getting more seniors back into work? We’d be interested to hear your views.