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BHP to continue locking out Covid unvaccinated workers

Mining giant BHP will continue to shut out unvaccinated workers, despite states ending Covid jab mandates

  • WA government ended immunization mandates for most workers
  • BHP said the decision had to do with its own assessment of the health advice
  • BHP has abolished the need for a booster vaccination from Friday

Mining giant BHP will continue to demand that its employees be vaccinated against Covid even after government mandates end.

All employees, job applicants and visitors will require a minimum of two doses of vaccine as of June 10 to enter the company’s facilities and offices.

However, it softened its approach somewhat on Friday when it abolished the booster shot requirement.

One of Australia's largest mining companies, BHP, maintains its current policy of excluding unvaccinated workers (photo, BHP workers)

One of Australia’s largest mining companies, BHP, maintains its current policy of excluding unvaccinated workers (photo, BHP workers)

As it falls under BHP's health and safety controls, from June 10, all employees, job applicants and visitors will need at least two doses of the Covid vaccine to access their sites and offices (pictured, a drive through the vaccination center)

As it falls under BHP’s health and safety controls, from June 10, all employees, job applicants and visitors will need at least two doses of the Covid vaccine to access their sites and offices (pictured, a drive through the vaccination center)

BHP said the vaccine mandate, as part of its health and safety rules, was based on its assessment of the latest scientific and health advice.

“Our policy does not require booster vaccinations to access the site, but we encourage everyone to maintain an up-to-date vaccination status in accordance with the ATAGI recommendations,” it said.

Under new rules from the Western Australian government, only health, elderly and disabled workers should be vaccinated.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said some public and private sector companies could continue to mandate vaccinations for employees, and suggested prisons and emergency services could do the same.

However, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Fire and Emergency Services announced last Friday that they were canceling their mandates.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured) stated last week that some companies in the public and private sectors may continue to require vaccinations for employees, and suggested that prisons and emergency services could do the same.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured) stated last week that some companies in the public and private sectors may continue to require vaccinations for employees, and suggested that prisons and emergency services could do the same.

Brandon Craig, president of BHP’s WA iron ore, said only a small minority of workers were hesitant.

About two to three percent chose not to adhere to vaccination as a condition of entry, and were barred from all facilities.

“It was not at a level that was material to our company’s performance,” he said.

“We’ve worked really hard to work with people, to stay within our company and have them leave the company was really a last resort for us.”

Thousands of FIFO workers rose up in Perth last December against the WA government’s ‘no jab, no job’ rules as a first dose was imposed on the resource sector.

Fluorescent shirts and vests were placed along the steps of Parliament House and anti-vaccination workers protested the policy that eventually applied to more than 75 percent of WA’s staff.

Those who did not follow these orders could be fined $20,000.

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