Chch jobs offered to West Coast miners
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 6:08p.m.
By Annabelle Tukia
Just days after hearing their jobs were gone, many workers from the Spring Creek Mine near Greymouth were back at another meeting – but with a better offer.
A recruiting team told them Christchurch needs 1000 more workers to rebuild the city's infrastructure.
“We're ramping up to 150 work sites across Christchurch from the 90 that we've currently got," says SCIRT Recruitment CEO Duncan Gibbs. "To do that we need good skilled people. The skills of mining people – even though they're mining – they're very transferrable to civil construction."
Mr Gibbs says they're looking for people to help rebuild the city's badly damaged roads, tunnels, sewers, and foundations.
But after the meeting, reaction from the workers was mixed. Spring Creek contractor Josh Cornish was optimistic.
“I never thought I’d have an opportunity to go over there,” he says. “If I have to go over there I will, [it’d] be good to be a part of the rebuild. Quite like the city myself.”
Some of the workers 3 News spoke to told us they believed they had 20 years' employment left at Spring Creek. They have mortgages and families on the coast, and taking a pay cut and moving to Christchurch isn't an option.
“From what I gather from it's a skill-based thing – if you've got the skills you may get that higher wage but if you haven't, like most of us probably haven't, you've got to learn that stuff which means we're gonna start on a low wage,” says job seeker Aaron Kereopa.
Another miner looking for new work, George Iraia, says he may now be looking overseas.
“I've got to seriously look at Aussie if I want to give my kids the education they deserve, and that I want for them as a father,” he says.
“I want the best for them – I've got to look at Aussie, that’s my only choice.”
But it’s a choice that for many won't be so clear cut.
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29/09/2012 2:36:56 p.m.
Fantastic and positive outcome for those who need work...in the old days people had to move where the work was and be flexible work wise...but would have also liked to seen JK be proactive in helping solve the problems of the West Coast after the hard times they have had lately..but all good, lots of jobs available for all...
28/09/2012 10:38:17 p.m.
Denis Stewart wrote:
Go to Australia ASAP if you have worked on mines, for get NZ.
I was China with wife and our two sons 6 and 1 years old creating new design product 18 months ago and ran completely of cash but borrowed money for plane ticket from wife’s close friend in Thailand.
I landed in Perth with a pair of jandals, backpack with a couple of cloths, no phone, and no tax number no car, and $500 in my back pocket with my wife and children next to no money to buy food back in China.
It was a few weeks before Christmas and jobs hard to get during that time but from the moment I stepped of the plane I walked for miles and knocked on doors looking for work as a welder.
I found work on the second day and slept on the street till I had my first weeks’ pay which in Perth money is good, well so I thought at $1200 au after tax, but after a few weeks I found better paid work making $1600au after tax and then started to pay and pass test for tickets like EWP, working at heights, confined space, senior first aid, white card for working on Australia construction sites, I then sat several pipe welding tickets in tig and stick ASME 9 as well as heavy plate tickets using Mig flux core .
A short time after that I was earning $3500 AUD after tax a new construction mine site near Karratha that had a grade accommodation and all the food you could eat with the air fares to from the mine during a week off.
There is also redundcies at $250 a week plus holiday pay.
In truth I am nobody and running out of eye site now 55 years old needing strong glasses alongside the strongest magnifying glasses to go on top of my welding helmet lens and still struggle to see the weld but can pass the x-rays welding more or less blind.
There are many courses in Perth to train people for mine jobs meaning get any job to get started and work your way to your financial goals.
I have come back to China to give it another try but if run out of money I know where to get plenty more when you have my a foot in the door.
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