Tasmanian fly-in, fly-out workers have been left grounded at home as airlines have slashed their routes and escalating quarantine restrictions have posed further challenges.
Launceston-based FIFO worker Stuart Jones, who works at a mine in Western Australia, said a lack of flights meant he could not go back to work for now.
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"There's no flights for the foreseeable future between Launceston and Western Australia I can book so I can't get back to work," Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones is currently a week into 14 days of self-isolation after returning to Tasmania from the mainland last week.
He does not know when he will go back to work and is currently taking holidays and unpaid leave.
Once flights resume, if tough new quarantine restrictions in Tasmania and interstate have not yet been lifted, FIFO workers face 14 days of isolation upon arriving in some mainland jurisdictions and a further 14 days when they arrive back in Tasmania.
FIFO workers returning to Tasmania, unless they are an essential traveller, will be quarantined for two weeks in state-controlled facilities.
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Mr Jones said if things got desperate he would return to work even though it meant quarantining in Western Australia for two weeks upon his arrival.
"I'll probably just stay there and do a month to six weeks at work," Mr Jones said.
"When I left last week, I sat down with my manager and he said [when] I get back I can work whatever roster I want to work.
"By that time possibly this thing will have blown over a bit and the restrictions will be lifted, hopefully."
A Burnie-based FIFO worker, who did not wish to be named, said he was looking to take up a new opportunity to work at a mine in Western Australia but the logistics of this were still being worked through.
"If I fly over there now I have to stay in Perth for 14 days in quarantine before I can fly to the site. And for that 14 days you are not paid while you are over there," he said.
"The plan was, rather than to be flying in and out of my home state, I would based out of Perth."
He said the company was looking to accommodate its workers wherever it could.
"It could potentially mean longer rosters on site and it probably would have to be to make it worthwhile financially," he said.
"It wasn't discussed how long the rosters would be but it would have to comply with legislation in Australia as far as how many days you can work consistently before you need to have a spell."
The worker said he would consider this arrangement, even if it meant spending months away from home, to keep income rolling in.
"At the end of the day, we've all got to eat and I've got a young family and a house mortgage and all the rest of it," he said.