The one place you CAN get a job while thousands face being laid off: BHP offers 1,500 roles at mines around the country to save workers from the corona crunch
- BHP is offering 1,500 roles to people around the country
- 20,000 Qantas employees have lost their jobs because of coronavirus pandemic
- Woolworths is streamlining a job application process for affected staff
- Rio Tinto and Telstra are also said to be assisting workers impacted by changes
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Mining giant BHP is offering 1,500 jobs as thousands of people become unemployed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Six-month contracts will be offered for jobs around the country.
The roles include machinery and production operators, truck drivers, mechanics, electricians, boilermakers, cleaners and warehouse roles.
The company has coal, iron ore and copper mines in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
Aerial view of Port Hedland, including BHP Billiton’s Finucane Island and Nelson Point loading facilities
It come as Qantas staff made redundant because of the coronavirus pandemic will be offered employment with Woolworths, Telstra and Rio Tinto as a reprieve.
The three firms join a growing list of companies offering the former airline employees temporary work.
The supermarket giant was among the first to make the offer, with reports in the Australian Financial Review they’re among dozens to lend a hand during the coronavirus crisis.
Rio Tinto would not confirm or deny the offer to Daily Mail Australia but a spokesperson advised it has started talks within the company since the situation worsened.
Hope is growing for the 20,000 staff members who have been sacked by Qantas
‘We are having discussions with our customers, suppliers and partners to offer practical support where possible through this period,’ a spokesperson said.
Woolworths Group Chief People Office Caryn Katsikogianis confirmed via a statement to Daily Mail Australia they are creating a specific job application process for the airline’s employees.
‘We’re creating a streamlined expression of interest process for Qantas and Jetstar employees taking leave without pay to see if we have suitable short-term opportunities across our store support office, supply chain facilities, customer fulfilment centres and stores,’ Ms Katsikogianis said.
We’ll be looking to offer as many flexible contract and casual roles as we can to help us navigate the period ahead.’
Woolworths Group Chief People Office Caryn Katsikogianis confirmed they are creating a specific job application process for the airline’s employees
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said he received a personal email from the Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci offering help to get his staff work.
‘He thinks there is a lot of alignment of customer service people,’ Mr Joyce said.
‘There are obviously Qantas customer service people who he would love to have working there.
Qantas told two thirds of their 30,000 staff members to stand down on Thursday after suspending all international flights from the end of March after a government ban on all international travel was announced.
The 20,000 employees are baggage handlers, catering staff, flight attendants and pilots.
The Transport Workers Union has slammed the airline for failing to support its workers despite receiving a large government bailout during the crisis.
Telecommunications provider Telstra (pictured) and mining group Rio Tinto have also flagged the possibility of job offers for employees who have lost work because of the COVID-19 outbreak
National Secretary Michael Kaine said the company is forcing its workforce to bail the company out so the airline’s top executives will accrue the benefits when the company returns to profitability.
‘Qantas is not putting a cent forward of the reserves and equity it has built up to ensure workers maintain their pay and keep the leave they have built up, many to assist their retirement,’ Mr Kaine said.
‘They are shifting the entire burden of the impact of the coronavirus onto the workforce in a deal no doubt cooked up with the Federal Government, which has this week refused to meet workers and their representatives,’ said Kaine.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Qantas for comment.