An all-female FIFO cleaning crew have been fired after filming themselves performing lewd acts with sex toys.
The sackings come as a state parliamentary inquiry continues to investigate sexual harassment and assault in the WA mining sector.
All-female FIFO cleaning crew fired
Contract company ESS employed the women to work as cleaners for CITIC Pacific Mining at its Sino Iron site earlier this year, reports The West Australian.
The cleaners allegedly made their own lewd objects while working at the site.
They then handed them to male FIFO miners, filming themselves while doing so.
They also took video of themselves squatting over traffic cones.
ESS subsequently sacked the women and commenced an investigation.
In a statement, ESS told news.com.au the company had a “zero tolerance” approach to inappropriate behaviour.
“Over the last 18 months we have been working closely with clients, industry bodies and other industry leaders to eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and broader communities in which we operate.
“We take these matters very seriously and this behaviour is not aligned with our values or commitments.”
Crude, silly, unacceptable
CITIC Pacific Mining said it did not know about the videos but described them as “crude”, “silly” and “unacceptable”.
“They do not represent our company’s values of respect and inclusiveness,” CITIC continued.
“We will continue to educate all staff and contractors as to expectations on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour at our operations.”
Mining industry facing scrutiny
The current WA parliamentary inquiry has heard appalling stories of sexual harassment in the mining industry.
According to the Sex Discrimination Commission, 74 percent of women and 34 percent of men report experiencing sexual harassment in the sector.
“Men can also be victims of sexual harassment,” said industrial advocate Miles Heffernan.
“The gender is not relevant, it is about the behaviour, and the behaviour of the cleaners alleged in this incident is completely unacceptable.
“Everybody deserves the right to a safe workplace, whether they are male or female.”
The WA government’s parliamentary inquiry is due to hand down its recommendations next April.
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