Australian Miners Fired for Harlem Shake Video [REPORT]

    March 4, 2013
    Josh Wolford

According to one Australian mining outfit, doing the Harlem Shake on the job is a fireable offense.

ABC News is reporting that at least 15 miners at the Agnew Gold mine in Western Australia were canned after posting their own version of the Harlem Shake to YouTube. The 15 fired miners include participants in the video as well as those who simply watched it take place.

According to Barminco, the company that runs the mine, the Harlem Shake constituted at safety hazard and did not represent the company’s “core values of safety, integrity and excellence.”

You can watch the totally innocuous underground Harlem Shake below and decide if you think it deserved this kind of response:

Not only were the miners fired from their current gig, but Barminco also banned the workers from being “subcontracted by Barminco at any site domestically and globally.”

All of this for 30 seconds of (admittedly ridiculous) fun.

If you think that the firing was a little over the top, you can express your support for the miners on the Reinstate the sacked WA Harlem Shake Miners Facebook page.