CSG workers protest over unfair FIFO conditions

A PROTEST staged on the western Darling Downs resulted in 11 people being charged with public nuisance.

Up to 30 former coal seam gas workers blocked the road on Wednesday morning, objecting to what they saw as "unfair conditions" for current fly-in, fly-out employees.

Chinchilla and Tara police officers arrived at the scene about 7.30am.

The protest group, known as Sustaining Community Works, is not specific to the Surat Basin region.

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"We're protesting how they've been paying the blokes onsite," protester Ron Coleman said.

"We all come from everywhere."

Mr Coleman said wages had been cut by about 30%, which he described as unfair given the amount of time the workers spent away from their families.

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"We all come to work out here because of the money, we're away from home for four weeks at a time and work 10 to 12-hour days," he said.

The alleged offenders will appear in Chinchilla Magistrates Court in coming weeks.


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