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Commodities giant BHP bans late night drinking sessions

Commodities giant facing a revolt at its mining camps in Australia after banning late night drinking sessions

A London-listed commodities giant is facing a revolt at its mining camps in Australia after banning late night drinking sessions. 

BHP has barred workers from consuming alcohol after 9.30pm and introduced a ‘four standard drinks per day’ rule. 

The move has prompted a furious backlash, with the Western Mine Workers’ Alliance union arguing the policies infringe employees’ basic rights to privacy and enjoyment during the hours they are not working.

Backlash: BHP has barred workers from consuming alcohol after 9.30pm and introduced a ‘four standard drinks per day’ rule

‘BHP workers are tired of being treated like children,’ said Shane Roulstone of the Australian Workers Union. The rules are particularly problematic for support staff such as cooks who often finish work after 9.30pm. Workers’ rooms in mining villages are typically furnished with small bar fridges that stock at most four beers.

‘Most people would say, that’s enough, but you’re working long days at high temperatures of 40 degrees to 45 degrees, and 12-hour shifts,’ Roulstone said. 

BHP said the policy covered workers across its Australian business and ‘underscores BHP’s commitment to the health and safety of its people’. 

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