Workers win jobs back after 'Harlem Shake'

2013-06-11 11:02


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Wellington - Two workers at a New Zealand dairy company who were fired for doing the "Harlem Shake" dance at work will get their jobs back, the Employment Relations Authority ruled on Tuesday.

The Fonterra company had sacked Henry Taufua and Craig Flynn after finding videos of them on YouTube re-enacting their version of the online dance craze at the company's Auckland factory.

Fonterra had argued that the videos showed health and safety breaches which constituted serious misconduct and that this justified their summary dismissal.

It said Taufua "rode a paper trolley or pallet jack in an unsafe manner" and that Flynn put himself and others at risk by "dancing with a shovel between his legs [and] hosing water where another employee was dancing".

But the Employment Relations Authority said there was no evidence of accident, injury or damage to property, and ordered the two men's interim reinstatement pending a substantive hearing.

Earlier this year, 15 Australian mine workers were sacked after posting a video of themselves performing the Harlem Shake dance underground at a gold mine on the west coast of Australia.

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