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African countries urged to ratify ILO C176 on mine safety

9 September, 2019Ratifying and implementing the International Labour Organization Convention 176 is an important step in improving mine safety and health and reducing deaths from mine accidents in Sub Saharan Africa.

Indian coal unions call for immediate ratification of ILO C176

2 September, 2019IndustriALL India mining affiliates INMF and HKMF joined forces at Talcher of Mahanadi Coalfields and at Asansol of Eastern Coalfields, demanding improved health and safety and the immediate ratification of ILO C176.

Calls to formalize artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa

29 August, 2019Trade unions in Africa are calling for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to be formalized as a way of transforming the sector, following a meeting of IndustriALL Global Union mining affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 21 and 22 August.

Los Mineros wins workers their share of profits from Grupo Mexico

19 August, 2019After 12 long years of strike action, Grupo Mexico has finally paid workers their share of profits. This is a major victory for Mexico’s Los Mineros union, an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union.

Four coal miners dead and nine injured in a Coal India accident

31 July, 2019On the night shift at the Bharatpur open cast mine, at around 11.30pm on 23 July, a controlled explosion triggered a landslide trapping 13 coal miners. 

Tackling mine safety in Vietnam and Mongolia

11 June, 2019IndustriALL is working with unions, employers and governments in Vietnam and Mongolia to promote mine safety using ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.

SPECIAL REPORT: Why is mining still so dangerous?

20 May, 2019Despite labour regulations and the efforts of unions, mining accidents take the lives of thousands of workers every year around the world and seriously damage the environment. Why is mining still so dangerous?

27 coalminers killed in Pakistan so far in 2019

16 May, 2019At least 27 coal miners have been killed so far in 2019 in Pakistan mine accidents. Trade unions demand that the government immediately ratify ILO C 176 on safety and health in mines.

ILO Convention 176 is key for the mining industry

28 April, 2019Beyond the usual sound bites and press statements, there is a danger that the mining industry might have gone numb, unfeeling and almost unresponsive, to the avalanche of deaths in the mining industry. These sound bites and press statements, by governments and mining companies referencing both public and private policy statements seem at odds with the reality experienced by mine workers and society.

Living under the threat of bursting mining dams

10 April, 2019Barely 500 metres separates the first houses in the Rio do Peixe neighbourhood of Itabira and the fifth largest mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. “If anything happens to the dam, we won’t have time for anything. We have been told it is a matter of seconds. We are risking our lives by staying here. If I could I would leave here immediately,” says Claudinei Ferreira, a 32-year-old mechanic who has lived in this town of 120,000 inhabitants for five years.