Workers for rival miners brawl at pubs

A Port Hedland pub has banned patrons from wearing work uniforms due to rising tensions between the workers of rival Pilbara mining companies.

According to The West Australian Finucane Island Sports and Recreation Club manager Tom Keefe said the ban was aimed at cutting down on violence between miners.

"Work uniforms cause too much animosity between the companies," he said.

"It usually starts out as a joke, a bit of a nudge or comment but by the end of the night it escalates."

Keefe said a fly-in fly-out camp for Fortescue Metals Group was close to the pub and he’d met with the company to try and resolve the issue.

He said FMG had proposed banning work uniforms and the committee had agreed.

"The aggressive behaviour is a huge problem and it only happens when they walk through the door in their company uniforms," he said.

The West Australian reports the pub will soon be located between multiple FIFO camps and the violence from drunken workers needed to be addressed.

Yesterday the Government’s FIFO inquiry visited Karratha and heard from locals on the negative impacts transient workers were having on local communities.

The inquiry will hear from Port Hedland locals today and move to Broome on Friday.

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