On 6 February the Rio Tinto Global Union Network drew hundreds of participants to a rally against mining corporation Rio Tinto. Demonstrators marched through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, for the right to decent work for Rio Tinto workers. The rally marks the official launch of the network's campaign to increase unionisation at Rio Tinto operations around the globe.
IndustriALL Global Union assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says:
This is the launch of a campaign to increase trade union membership at Rio Tinto plants and make them recognise workers' rights and listen to trade unions. We must fight back against Rio Tinto's consistent anti-union behaviour and we will not stop until Rio Tinto realises that fundamental worker's rights, such as the right to organise and collective bargaining, benefit everyone in the workplace.