Humourless bloody Aussies


caused this:  

Up to 15 miners have been fired for performing the “Harlem Shake” dance craze underground in an Australian gold mine, according to reports.

The West Australian newspaper said the miners lost their six-figure salaries over the stunt in the Agnew Gold Mine last week.

A dismissal letter cited by the paper says mine owner Barminco considered the stunt a safety issue. Barminco did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

A YouTube video shows eight miners performing the convulsive dance. A sacked worker who would not give his name told the newspaper that up to 15 people were fired, including some who watched the performance but did not participate.

I can see the management’s point about it, perhaps, being a safety issue.  But instant dismissal?  Including some staff that only watched it?

I’m telling you, the rot has well and truly set in over there.


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  • cows4me

    Maybe it was more a chance to scale back, easier to sack a heap on a safety issue rather then have to let them all go later on and pay redundancies.

  • thor42

    Crazy! I’m not a fan of the Harlem Shake at all, but I find it very hard to believe this “safety issue” nonsense.

    I think it’s more likely that they *really* sacked them for doing this in work time (and if you sacked everyone for doing non-work stuff in work time you’d have no-one left working).

  • The negative merssage the rest of the staff recieved from this would be far more damaging to productive enthusiasm than any vague safety concern from what they did….retarded.

    • Patrick

      These blokes earn upwards of $200k per year, they will struggle to find work elsewhere so I suspect all the other staff will keep their heads down & get on with their work – the conditions are crap but the pay is something you cannot find back in Perth.