Australian Mining Rife With "Horrific" Sexual Harassment Cases

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Australian Mining Rife With 'Horrific' Sexual Harassment Cases

Some spoke of information guards filming women erstwhile they showered, portion others were sent "vile texts".


Sexual harassment and battle are commonplace successful Australia's multi-billion-dollar mining sector, a year-long enquiry reported Thursday, citing harrowing grounds from women workers of stalking, grooming and abuse.

The study documented wide abuses against fly-in, fly-out staff, whose enactment requires them to enactment for weeks astatine distant outback mining sites successful Western Australia.

One pistillate told the parliamentary enquiry she was knocked unconscious portion returning to her accommodation astatine a excavation site.

"When I awoke my jeans and underpants were astir my ankles, I felt sick, ashamed, violated, soiled and precise confused," the idiosyncratic told the inquiry.

Another told a communicative of a pistillate having "a implicit intelligence and carnal breakdown" aft being stalked by a co-worker.

Women spoke of the exhaustion of dealing with changeless harassment portion staying astatine these distant sites -- including not being capable to launder their underwear due to the fact that it would beryllium stolen disconnected the washing line.

Some spoke of information guards filming women erstwhile they showered, portion others were sent "vile texts" by elder staff.

The enquiry heard from the Western Mine Workers Alliance, which reported that much than a 5th of its women members had been asked for intersexual favours linked to their moving conditions oregon vocation advancement.

The study highlighted the vulnerability of contractors to this benignant of maltreatment of power, recounting however 1 woman's supervisor demanded she execute intersexual acts to "get her shirt", meaning getting hired straight by the mining company.

"It is important that the parliament, authorities and the broader nationalist go alert of the magnitude of the horrendous unit and maltreatment women are exposed to portion going astir their work," the inquiry's seat Libby Mettam said.

Mettam said portion she "knew horrific stories would beryllium brought forward", she was "shocked and appalled good beyond anticipation by the size and extent of the problem".

Mining giants Rio Tinto, Fortescue and BHP fronted the inquiry, and each confirmed they had fired workers implicit inappropriate behaviour.

But the enquiry besides recovered that "people were much apt to beryllium moved connected to different tract than punished".

The study followed Rio Tinto's planetary survey, released successful February, which recovered grounds of racism, bullying and reports from 21 women workers of existent oregon attempted intersexual battle successful the past 5 years.

The Western Australian enquiry welcomed Rio's "ground-breaking" survey and encouraged different companies to travel suit.

It besides called for an overhaul of reporting procedures and monolithic concern successful information connected excavation sites, including the installation of CCTV and lighting.

Powerful manufacture lobby radical the Minerals Council of Australia responded to the report, saying the manufacture had made "substantial advancement implicit the past 2 years" but "has a agelong mode to go".

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