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Swedish and Zambian unions tackle gender issues

3 December, 2019To be effective against sexual harassment, unions need to identify the root causes, expressions and consequences of the violations. Unions should also continue to raise awareness on gender inequality and prevention and to follow up on sexual harassment.

3,000 jobs lost expose precarious working conditions in Zambia’s copper mines

16 May, 2019Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mine announced that it will close two shafts and retrench 600 permanent workers and a further 1,500 from contracted companies, and Zambian unions are angry.

UK court rules in favour of hearing case of mine water pollution in Zambia

6 May, 2019In a landmark case likely to open doors for lawsuits against multinational mining companies that discharge toxic waste into rivers where community livelihoods depend on, the UK supreme court held that the case brought against Vedanta Resources will be heard in the English courts.

Zambian union on organizing blitz for contract mineworkers

27 March, 2019Mining companies in Zambia are increasingly employing workers through contractors instead of offering direct employment. Unions are recruiting and organizing to fight back this promotion of precarious work.

Glencore African union network opens dialogue with company

21 February, 2019At a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 7-8 February, around 20 union representatives from three African countries met Glencore’s global and country human resources managers to begin discussions on employment-related issues.

Zambia: Three mineworkers die in underground fire

12 February, 2019Three mineworkers died on 8 February when a loader caught fire underground at Mopani Copper Mine’s Mindola North Shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. Another worker, who survived the fire, is being treated for burns.

Zambian unions petition Dangote on violation of workers’ rights

6 July, 2018After recruiting and organizing over 500 workers at the Dangote Cement plant in Masaiti on the outskirts of Ndola, Zambian unions are being prevented from meeting with their members and collecting membership fees because of the company’s blatant violation of workers’ rights and union busting practices.

Zambia: Dangote confronted over union busting

22 March, 2018IndustriALL affiliates, the National Union of Commercial and Industrial Workers and the Mineworkers Union of Zambia are fighting against African multinational cement company, Dangote, for violating workers’ rights to organize, freedom of association, and for failing to recognize collective bargaining rights.

Zambia: Building strong unions to confront hostile employers

15 March, 2018IndustriALL affiliates in Zambia, representing 57,000 workers in the chemical, cement, ceramics, textiles, mining, engineering and other sectors, met on 13 – 14 March to discuss how unions can build power and retain their legacy as key social actors in the country.

Women workers in Zambia and Tanzania pledge to fight violence

8 December, 2017“We will take the Pledge!” cheered young women workers during the Women Organizers’ exchange workshop in Kitwe, Zambia last week.