BHP sacks 50 mine workers over sexual harassment at its remote camps in Western Australia
BHP has sacked almost 50 mine workers for sexual harassment in just two years as it fights to stamp out predatory behaviour endured by women at its remote camps.
It and Rio Tinto are among a string of miners under the spotlight of a parliamentary inquiry in Western Australia following allegations of rape and harassment.
In the last two years, BHP said it found six cases of rape or sexual assault. Another allegation of rape and four of non-consensual touching are being probed.
BHP and Rio Tinto are among a string of miners under the spotlight of a parliamentary inquiry in Western Australia following allegations of rape and harassment
In the two years to June 30, BHP received 73 reports of other types of harassment such as sexual comments, or unwanted advances.
BHP said 48 resulted in ‘termination’ or ‘permanent removal’ of the culprit. The firm said: ‘We are deeply sorry and apologise unreservedly. We are determined to continue to address this.’
Rio Tinto reported one case of sexual assault since January 1, 2020 had been substantiated, and 29 cases of harassment.
A further allegation of sexual assault and 14 of harassment are being probed.
BHP and Rio Tinto have imposed strict curbs on alcohol at sites, to make them safer for women.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said male-dominated workforces, isolation, and availability of alcohol combine to make harassment more likely.