Future fears for Harlem Shake miner
Samantha with four-month-old Madison and six-year-old Jayden. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian

The fiancee of a worker sacked over the Harlem Shake dance at Agnew Gold Mine says 30 seconds of frivolity has led to days of anxiety, regret and job fears.

Samantha, who would not reveal her last name, said several of the 15 sacked tradesmen are "sick with worry" after losing six-figure salaries for a short dance routine in the underground mine last month.

Up to 14 workers with contractor Barminco and one from Hahn Electrical Contracting were sacked for dancing in the latest internet craze or for watching the dancers, partly over safety concerns.

She was worried her partner would be tarnished as a "Harlem Shake miner" and banned by all mining employers.

"The dance was supposed to be funny, but everyone is sitting around now wishing they had not done it," she said.

She was concerned for her family's finances, especially with a four-month-old baby, two other children and repayments on their home and car.

Samantha believed the 15 miners were unfairly sacked and claimed more serious safety breaches, such as drug use, usually resulted in a warning.

But the eight dancers, as well as the worker who recorded the stunt and onlookers, were fired within a week of the clip going on to YouTube.

Samantha said her fiance was to see a lawyer to discuss an unfair dismissal case.

It was ironic he was sacked over safety because he was fixated with the issue at home.

Twitter and a Facebook page calling for reinstatements show divided opinions. Some said the lack of focus on safety warranted dismissal and that mining was dangerous enough without skylarking.

Barminco and Hahn could not be contacted.

Workers do the Harlem Shake at the Agnew Gold Mine. Picture: YouTube

The West Australian

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