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Australia ‘The target is zero': WA resources industry united in apology to workplace sexual assault victims

13:21  25 june  2021
13:21  25 june  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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The head of Western Australia's peak resources industry body has apologised to workers who have been sexually assaulted or harassed as some of the country's biggest companies came together in a never before seen display of unity promising to end the abuse.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA president and Woodside operations executive vice president Fiona Hick. © Peter de Kruijff Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA president and Woodside operations executive vice president Fiona Hick. a group of people posing for the camera: Newmont regional chief financial officer Felicity Hughes, Fortescue people director Linda O'Farrell, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA chief executive Paul Everingham, Woodside operations executive vice president Fiona Hick, Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive Simon Trott, BHP WA iron ore asset president Brandon Craig, and BHP integrated planning and operations general manager Jess Farrell. © Peter de Kruijff Newmont regional chief financial officer Felicity Hughes, Fortescue people director Linda O'Farrell, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA chief executive Paul Everingham, Woodside operations executive vice president Fiona Hick, Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive Simon Trott, BHP WA iron ore asset president Brandon Craig, and BHP integrated planning and operations general manager Jess Farrell.

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The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA is also behind the idea of a state government inquiry into sexual harassment in the mining and gas industry, which has bipartisan support in Parliament.

CME WA chief executive Paul Everingham said sexual harassment in the resources workplace was the biggest issue he was dealing with currently.

"I wasn't necessarily thinking that this is the most significant issue on on mine sites, but over the last 12 months, you know, I readily admit, I've learned a lot and it's certainly prevalent," he said.

"We have as an industry established a responsible and safe behaviours working group. Within that working group, we are now working on an implementable and enforceable code of conduct, both during and after work hours."

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Mr Everingham said there had been a big decline in the number of injuries on work sites since the industry took a zero-tolerance approach and a similar standard was needed for sexual harassment.

He expected similar results from the working group and code of conduct adopting a "zero-harm" policy around sexual assault, harassment, and rape, which would also apply out of work hours and in settings such as mess halls, gyms, and conferences like Diggers and Dealers.

The CME WA represents about 80 companies which are responsible for 95 per cent of the commodities produced in the state.

Woodside operations executive vice president and CME WA's first-ever female president Fiona Hick said the coming together of industry was a sign of its commitment to dealing with harassment and abuse.

"We have 140,000 people in the sector and we've always been committed to safety," she said.

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Scale of harassment still unknown

There have been two separate cases of alleged rapes involving BHP staff and a third misconduct incident at Fortescue which have come to light in the past week, with resources companies scrutinised on what they are doing to protect female employees on male-dominated sites.

Mr Everingham, who has been in charge at the chamber for more than three years, said he became more aware of problems in the industry following the Australian Human Right Commision's Respect@Work report which investigated sexual harassment in workplaces across the country.

A 2018 survey in the report asking whether respondents had been sexually harassed in the past five years found 74 per cent of female respondents in the mining industry said they had.

Although Mr Everingham said the issue was "prevalent", he did not know how many instances there had been across the industry and had not asked the government regulator for the information.

Representatives from Rio Tinto, Fortescue, Woodside, and BHP also would not say how many cases they had dealt with historically or just how big a problem they were facing.

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Rio Tinto and BHP said they had undergone recent workplace reviews on the issue while Fortescue and Woodside pointed to annual surveys where employees could bring up their problems.

Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive Simon Trott told reporters his company was not immune and had experienced instances of sexual harassment and bullying.

"I want to acknowledge the impact that that has on the individuals and on our company, we're certainly committed to doing better, we have a number of actions on the way and we have more work to do to really make sure our workplaces are safe and inclusive," he said.

"People haven't always felt safe to raise their voice. People haven't always felt safe within our workplaces and that's something we have to change.

"Sometimes they felt that it may impact on their career, sometimes they felt that they perhaps wouldn't have been listened to and I would just encourage anybody that has ... suffered from disrespectful behaviours, in our workplace or across the industry just to speak up and help us eradicate this from the industry."

Resources companies have brought in measures such as safe spaces, personal safety apps, security chaperones, and increased CCTV as part of efforts to protect workers at fly-in, fly-out camps.

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The company's iron ore asset president Brandon Craig said the alcohol changes came out of a broader review of the iron arm of the business.

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Fortescue people director Linda O'Farrell said its business would not be completely inclusive until everybody could be safe.

"Clearly, there's still cases that are incredibly distressing and as I've said a number of times, one is too many. So I think we just need to get on with the job and make our workplaces, the places that we want them to be," she said.


Parliament turning the microscope onto industry

Liberal MP Libby Mettam has signalled she wants to start an inquiry into sexual harassment in the resources industry in her role as chairwoman of the Community Justice Standing Committee.

She said the recent allegations were distressing and it was clear the committee should look into examining FIFO workplaces and the concerning treatment of women who work in the sector.

"I firmly believe there's an opportunity for the community to hear from workers, speak to industry and understand this issue, and to report to the parliament and the community on how these workplaces can be more conducive to women," he said.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said he supported an inquiry and making sure the work environment in mining and gas was as safe as possible, however examining individual cases was a matter for police.

"It's to examine the overall issue and how we make the environment for our miners a long way from home and large numbers of people gathering as safe as possible for everyone involved," he said.

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