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WMWA receives corro from Rio Tinto regarding COVID-19 questions

February 16, 2022

The WMWA wrote to Rio Tinto on behalf of our members that are employed by the company and its suppliers at its Pilbara operations. Our members and organisers are concerned for the health and wellbeing on sites during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Rio Tinto have responded, stating that they “have prepared plans to respond to the evolving next stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet this overriding principle.”

Rio Tinto have listed what is available to workers who are required to isolate on site, such as;

• Multiple room welfare checks per day with nurses and patient liaison officers

• The provision of three meals per day ordered by the isolating person and delivered to the room

• A hygiene pack plus a selection of convenience store items (including snacks such as, chips, chocolates and soft drink etc)

• Residents can place orders for retail items stocked at the village and have them delivered to the room

• Fresh linen and towels will be delivered to the room in line with regular room servicing schedules

• Instructions and safety sealed bags for the safe disposal of used items

• Communication and Entertainment – In room WIFI and TV’s with Foxtel Subscription

This timely response from Rio Tinto is appreciated however there is a lot of detail they have not provided clarity around.

The WMWA is seeking to meet with the WA Government and Rio Tinto for further clarification.

Click here to read the full letter from Rio Tinto. 

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