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Namibia: Union protest sloppy safety standards at Skorpion Zinc mine

15 January, 2018Hundreds of workers from IndustriALL affiliate, the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), from the Rosh Pinah branch, demonstrated against worsening health and safety standards at the Skorpion Zinc Mine, about 600 km from Windhoek, earlier this month.

Southern Africa: Building a network of young workers

27 September, 2017Young workers from 11 IndustriALL affiliates representing the construction, chemical, garment and textile, energy, metal and mining sectors in Southern Africa, from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland met in Gaborone, Botswana, from 20-21 September, to discuss how they can network and develop joint actions on common struggles. The workshop explored ways to increase the participation of the youth in unions.

No more dirty diamonds

12 July, 2017IndustriALL affiliates from Europe, Sub Saharan Africa and India have launched a Global Diamond Network to fight exploitation and improve working conditions across the global value chain.

Namibian strike ends in settlement at Nampower

22 November, 2012500 workers downed tools on 15 November when negotiations between the Mineworkers Union of Namibia and state utility Nampower stalled due to a dispute on discriminatory practice regarding medical aid benefits.

Namibian tannery workers strike

4 July, 2014Around 120 members of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) have downed tools at Nakara Tannery in Windhoek demanding transport to and from work.

Workers protest against ‘return to apartheid’ at Rio Tinto in Namibia

17 August, 2015Workers at Rio Tinto’s Rössing uranium mine in Namibia organized a demonstration and delivered a petition to management stating that Rössing managers “want to make us to revert back to the apartheid system.”

African unions confront precarious work

29 January, 2014Meeting in Togo, affiliates from 13 African countries evaluated their successes and challenges in 2013 and strategized how they will continue to make progress against precarious work in 2014.

Retrenchment deal softens the blow at Rio Tinto Rossing

21 March, 2013The Mineworkers Union of Namibia has negotiated favourable retrenchment packages for 276 workers at Rio Tinto’s Rossing Mine. The mine has been experiencing losses for some time affected by lower demand and prices for uranium.

Namibian tannery workers back at work

18 July, 2014The strike at Nakara Tannery in Windhoek has ended and workers returned to their stations on 11 July 2014 after an agreement was reached between the employer and the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu).

Union struggles for decent work building at Rio Tinto

1 February, 2016Struggles are building in a number of countries against attempts by Rio Tinto to increase the use of precarious labour.