Mining companies and workers have joined together to come up with a COVID-19 plan to keep mines up and running.
This includes the introduction of measures to minimise the risk of exposure, encouraging workers to self-isolate when necessary and developing appropriate travel and accommodation conditions for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers.
The deal was made between the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the CFMEU with the Minerals Council of Australia, which represents mining companies.
In a joint statement, the groups said no aspect of Australian social life or the economy would remain untouched by COVID-19.
"Yet the continuation of productive activity in the mining industry is vitally important," the joint statement read.
"Australia needs the income and economic activity generated by the sector to fund initiatives for the benefit of all Australians."
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