Mining companies’ gender equity policies are ripe for a challenge.
I am happy this is now talked about not brushed under but still far to go. Have I had a sad story to share. my brother killed himself a short time ago. He worked at olympic dam in south australia. He had worked there for a long time and was being treated unfair because he was male not diverse. His friends for work saw the abuse of leaders who have gender incentives for acting this way trying to make case to fire him. friends offered support his job was given to a less qualified female and hurt his relationship with family as impact as force him to work away from home. leaders at bhp, vps heads general managers have diversity targets and they are already at comfortable part of career they want to protect themselves most have no integrity so they do what they are told and treat non diverse people in a bad way. it is abuse they see males as obstacle between them and bonus and they treat them very poorly and abuse them. ones with integrity who stand up get sacked. Search for the case of Burak Powers. they fight over gay or female other diverse people when they see dollar signs and it disgusting tokenism. Male are made to site roles and females given priority for roles not at site so they stay home with family. this was happened to my brother. This is so dangerous now because bhp are deciding who is allowed to spend time with their family and who is not, instead of make roles based on most qualified and best people. Always is the men who end up worse for this with long time away from family. They have BOS now which tries to make roles just procedures so anybody can do them even with low ability. This is so they do not need to hire any more for ability so they hire with gender race sometimes disability on there minds what ever will make them look good and progressive. BHP are doing this it is terrible and nobody had courage speak up because bhp punish so bad.
My brother thankfully left us treasure trove of documents emails and photos and recorded conversations and things. We are preparing this with professional and media person but not yet do we want BHP to know who we yet are until we progress more in this. We just want to get the word out to find many other people are want to come forward. I do not want to share my real name yet because I who work still for bhp and they would punish me and other family. that is how wrong this become that bhp go after people becasue they think they are always right. I have tried to tell this story on glass door and seek but they took it down because it does not fit the agenda. this seems is a fair article website and thank you for leaving it up.
The sentences i have written and spelling has been changed to protect my identity. you will read this and think I am silly for bad grammar and words but this is intentional word choice, sentences and punctuation have been changed to protect my identity. If you had seen what I had seen you would know they will try to find out identity every way they can. bhp will get professional to look at writing style and match with emails they have i have seen this before. bhp if you are trying to decide who I am you waste you're time. I to keep sharing details as advice comes and we start to try avenge our family member for this sick evil mike vandita edgar and wont even name people officer who like to be pretend to be god instead of just be a business.
please comment if you have been hurt by bhp for this and we will find safe way to talk. this posting will be more often soon as we need to talk more about this publicly to put stop to this abuse.
BTW it takes a very brave person to take on BHP. When it came to leaving, the “team” boss said “sign the contract or you will never work in this industry again”. I did my job well. Probably too well. I’m still recovering from BHP so many years on.
I am a woman who was employed at BHP. My experience of BHP would have landed the company in an Australian court but alas took place in another country. That said Australians oversaw what was an obvious case of bullying by a female manager. They smugly knew the laws.
The female manager was under qualified for her role but was of the right kind of thinking- left wing, anti mining, radical feminist, environmentalist.
Bettina it is not about just employing any woman, it’s about employing women of a particular political bent. Or no political bent. They want “women in mining” but any passion for mining is not allowed. Competency is not a factor.
They talk about mental health etc but what she did , her boss and his boss - who stands only one down from Mike- is absolutely disgraceful.
I hope these people are taken to court. I continue to wonder where the unions are on this. There should be a proper investigation into BHP’s work practices both in Australia and overseas.
I find it interesting that the gendered debate regarding schools can be very selective.
Recently Cranbrook has changed its enrolments to include girls - it formerly had a long history of being solely a boys school. Not all current and former parents of boys sang from the same hymn book when that was announced.
Having observed the Cranbrook transition I wonder what the parents' response would be if the same reversion of enrolments (boys) was mooted, for them to attend St Vincents Girls School, Ascam, Pymble and PLC etc?
Thanks Betina, and peoples super funds that have ESG mandates.
But this 50/50 target is never applied to profession dominated by women. If this mix is supposedly leading to outstanding results then why would our corporations and governments deny our children the very best education gender equity can offer?
And why as yet is there no push for 50/50 gender split in roof tiling and concreting or bricklaying? How about working on fishing trawlers?
How can anyone defend gender equity with a straight face? The whole theory is absurd. They are saying that women think and act with one mind and men do the same yet in reality we know a room full of men might have more diversity of thought than a room with a 50/50 gender split.
Suggesting gender equity should be the goal of every business and corporation is as absurd as saying a board with 33% red heads, 33% blondes and 33% brunettes will lead to increased profits for any company who employs this balanced mix.
Anyone who believes the immutable characteristics of a human being come with a guarantee of a particular way of thinking and acting would be deemed a moron, yet this is exactly what our government and corporations have been saying and believing for years.
I am tired of the endless injustice and discrimination against males and the lack of pushback from the male population. And women as a demographic make me feel ill. I still have many female friends and female family I love and respect but the fact that women allow and enable this discrimination to continue because it benefits them makes them complicit. in this sickening assault on boys and men.
Thanks for the compliment about my wonderful art, produced by Fraser Hopwood at Naughtee Graphics in Tasmania. He does a brilliant job! I share your anger... but we need to try to do something to change things. A court case would be a great start!
High time the Peter Principle was renamed to "Peta Principle".
Firstly, credit to the cover image which leads the article. Another great one! It is hilariously close to the sort of pic one would see from the mining industry itself! Whoever is doing these is doing a great job artistically and thematically. Bravo!
There’s so much here, in trends and in details, and it’s so important! Thanks, once again.
My initial response is just anger.
All of Australia knows this is happening in most industries and government departments. They know that it undermines standards and competitiveness. They know it destroys men’s lives. They know it’s been happening for decades and that it will only keep getting worse.
They talk about in whispers in private conversations.
Just last week I was having lunch with a mate who bemoaned that in his own experience as a strategy contractor for the Victorian government he had seen the promotion of idle women over competent men. However, he spoke cautiously, and when I laughed and responded with a normal voice he instinctively looked around to see who might have heard, and told me to keep my voice down. We were in Adelaide, so away from any potential career repercussions for him.
Aussies know that this is going to destroy their sons - but they say nothing. AND, they dismiss the few people who do say something, AND they vote for more of the same.
I’m so angry!
In the plus side, perhaps their instinctive aversion to Albo’s Voice is their quiet way of saying “enough”.
Simple solution for "guys", buy pink HiViz, paint your nails and identify as female in job interviews...play these dopes at their own game...
I grew up with, and fully supported the feminism of equal opportunity. But the push for equality of outcomes we have now is a nonsense that demeans women by treating us like helpless children. Policies based on equality of outcome carry the soft bigotry of low expectations. They tell us women are too incompetent to achieve in these spaces on the basis of personal drive and merit. And it is unfair and cruel to the competent men who are geing overlooked. Looking fwd to the swing of the pendulum and a time when men and women are valued for their equal but opposite strengths, and are welcome
to express qualities of the opposite gender freely if they are naturally inclined to do so.
Very keen to get this article out to the mining community so please share it anywhere that could make that happen. It's important people know that this discrimination might be able to be challenged. https://open.substack.com/pub/bettinaarndt/p/is-bhp-discrimining-against-men?r=iqrdm&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
What does it say about the entitlement and lack of integrity of the women accepting these jobs? Nothing good, I'm certain. They are as aware of the injustice as anyone, and uniquely placed to address it, but do nothing about it. The same pattern can be seen across society. With few exceptions, women are venal and can only be trusted to pursue their self interest. Having given women the vote, men are now hostage to these selfish creatures because the innate in-group bias of women crosses party lines. Is it a coincidence that our society is degrading before our eyes? What it took men centuries to build, women are destroying in decades. For now it is to their advantage but in the end everyone will suffer.
The Guardian 12th May, 2021
200 hundred men missed out on joining Queensland Police. Qld Crime Commission report stated 50/50 recruitment strategy resulted in discriminatory practices being used against male candidates between 2016/2017. the Commission report stated ineligible women were chosen over males who performed at a higher standard. CCC chairman said Qld Police recruiting Section used Misleading, Deceptive & False Reporting practices. Report also stated this can happen in any agency. 3 Qld Police employees were suspended & 4 th left the force in wake of Report.
Publication in ‘In Queensland’ April 15, 2021 story is about Ipswich Mayor applied under Anti Discrimination Act for an exemption to have female only Trainees to get Heavy Rigid Truck Licence for jobs as Garbos. This woman would scream and have a hissy fit if it was a female discriminated against.