Give them their job back

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MineTalk is today throwing its support behind the fun-loving WA miners who were fired for their seemingly-harmless underground performance of the Harlem Shake.

As has been widely reported, the 15 miners - some of whom were just watching the stunt and not taking part in it - were fired by management of Barminco’s Agnew Mine after they uploaded a video of themselves doing Baauer’s hit dance craze on site.

Barminco banned the workers from the company for life – mentioning in a dismissal letter that they considered the stunt “a breach of its core values of safety, integrity and excellence.”  The company also said they would not allow the dancing workers “to be subcontracted by Barminco at any site domestically and globally.”

One of the sacked workers – who opted to remain anonymous – told the West Australian the stunt took place at 2.30am while he and his colleagues were on a break from night shift.

"It was 2.30 in the morning and we thought we just had to do something to get us going again," he said. "Sometimes you lose a bit of momentum at that time of the morning."

The sacked worker also claimed the workers wore helmets, cap lamps, glasses and rescue devices containing portable oxygen to ensure they met workplace safety regulations.

While the worker admitted some of those who appeared in the clip had breached rules by taking off their long sleeved shirts, he said they did so to ensure Barminco’s name did not appear in the video.

Take a look at the miners doing the Harlem Shake below, and make up your own mind as to whether you think they are posing a safety risk and/or embarrassing the company.

Based on the comments above, it appears those involved in the video kept their personal safety and the company’s image in the back of their minds as they filmed the clip.

If, like us, you think it’s a pretty extreme decision by Barminco to fire the workers for having a bit of fun on their break, we suggest you ‘like’ the ‘Reinstate the sacked WA Harlem Shake Miners’ page on Facebook, which has attracted more than 1000 likes just days after it was set up.

We’re not suggesting that this is the right thing to do on site at work – we just reckon the penalty is a bit harsh for some guys who were looking to add a bit of diversity to their working day and do something creative on their break.  After all, 4000 different versions of Harlem Shake are being uploaded on YouTube every day – and I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of those people aren’t getting fired from their jobs for doing the same thing.

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