After nearly a decade at least one third of female workers in the mining industry want to quit. The reasons vary, from feeling they are not valued to having their rights violated.
A new survey has found that a shocking number of female workers are frustrated, exhausted and even scared to quit their jobs, according to a survey commissioned by mining trade body EGM and conducted by the New Institute of Economic and Social Research.
It found that one in eight female miners in Australia are currently feeling burnt out and stressed by their job and want to go home. The report also found that three quarters of female workers in the mining industry have been discriminated and harassed for being female.
A spokesperson for the mining industry, Ian Tracey, confirmed the survey’s findings to the Australian Financial Review.
But while Tracey said the “very real” concerns of female workers were being taken seriously by managers, he claimed that the Australian Mining and Metals Council was working hard to address the issue.
Tracey’s organisation said it was working to provide support across the industry to help female employees.
He told the AFR: “We are not at all pleased about this new survey. It shows just how far the situation has fallen and more people deserve respect for their contributions to the Australian economy. In the last 10 years the mining industry has become the highest paid in the Australian economy, yet we continue to find evidence that female employees are facing extreme prejudice and harassment — and this needs to change.
“Many female employees are taking their concerns to their management. They deserve support and understanding, not just from me but from the entire industry.”
Earlier this month, the Australian Federation of Mining and Metals Council (AfmMMC) announced that it would review its training policy because the industry had been found by the Fair Work Ombudsman to have discriminated against women who were seeking to work in mines.
In 2011 the Ombudsman found that as many as 90 per cent of its investigations in the past had been “not successful”.
The council also received “several complaints under the Employment Relations Act” which were not considered to be workplace discrimination, but which remained unresolved, the report said.
In 2008, the Ombudsman referred to the council 12 complaints that it believed were workplace discrimination, which the organisation said was “not yet considered to be a significant complaint”. No action was taken.
In a submission to the Fair Work Ombudsman, the mining industry said it had taken responsibility and was
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