"Female workers at central Queensland mine sites have been surveyed about their use of feminine hygiene products by employer Anglo American, with the company saying it was part of an audit of female equipment and facilities, but the miners' union claims it was a move by the company to reduce toilet breaks.
The survey was distributed by Anglo American to its female workers in the Bowen Basin earlier this year.
It asked women if they had used products including absorbent underpants, menstrual cups and a urination device known as a 'she-wee'.
Anglo American said the union's claim the company wanted to reduce toilet breaks was rubbish, with a company spokesperson saying the survey was part of an audit of female equipment and facilities across its mine sites to better understand where it needed to make improvements.
The company said the survey was voluntary and completely anonymous and attracted a positive response from workers, with almost 200 female staff taking part.
'Improvements are already being made as a direct result of the audit'".
It'd be interesting to know what improvements have already been made and what improvements the survey revealed are needed.