Social media opinion is divided across Australia, over 15 mine workers who were sacked for performing the Harlem Shake dance craze underground and posting a video of it.
Up to 15 Barminco workers at the Agnew gold mine in the Goldfields were fired for the stunt around 2.30am early last week.
They were also banned for life from every Barminco project around the world.
It’s sparked a furious online debate on websites, Facebook and Twitter.
A Facebook page calling for the reinstatement of the “sacked WA Harlem Shake Miners” has been set up and hundreds are having their say as the story spreads as quickly as the viral video craze.
Many support the move to sack the workers.
“An underground mine is no place for cowboys, clowns or fools. It’s an inherently dangerous place to work and workers are entitled to expect those working alongside them to respect the risks and abide by rules and regulations,” said Greg Harris on Facebook.
Others saw it as another sign of the demise of the Australian larrikin.
“Miners work their asses off for up to 4 weeks at a time, away from their family!! A bit of fun to pass the time and they get sacked,” said Stacey Hughes on Facebook.
A dismissal letter sent to the workers, obtained by The West Australian, said Barminco saw the stunt as a clear safety issue and a breach of the company’s “core values of safety, integrity and excellence”.
The workers denied they were endangering safety, pointing out that helmets, portable oxygen and other measures were worn.
Long-sleeved shirts were removed to prevent the Barminco branding being seen, an unnamed worker said.The song, by American DJ Baauer, is currently No.2 on the Australian singles chart.
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