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Mine collapse kills more than 160 workers in Myanmar

3 July, 2020An accident in Hpakant, in Myanmar’s Kachin state, has claimed the lives of at least 162 mine workers, with dozens more feared dead, and injured 54.

Mining unions in solidarity to confront COVID-19

2 July, 2020“International solidarity is a must”, is a key strategy of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in the mining and diamond, ornaments, and jewelry production (DGOJP) sector to confront the Covid-19 pandemic.

Precarious working conditions of diamond cutting and polishing workers in Botswana expose jewellery brands

25 June, 2020Over 277 jobs were recently lost in Botswana’s diamond cutting and polishing sector. IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Botswana Diamond Workers Union (BDWU), is protesting against the precarious working conditions in the industry.

Asarco guilty of unfair labour practices in US copper dispute

17 June, 2020The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against Asarco for unfair labour practices that sparked an eight month strike.

BHP violates enterprise agreement to change shift system

10 June, 2020Citing Covid-19 measures as an excuse, mining giant BHP Billiton has unilaterally changed the shift system at an Australian coal mine.

Union intervenes to release mineworkers from Covid-19 quarantine camp

3 June, 2020Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) recently intervened to end a month-long Covid-19 quarantine, in which workers lived in a makeshift camp at Chambishi mine on the copper belt.

Global dialogue with Glencore addresses Southern African Coronavirus crisis

28 May, 2020Dialogue between commodities multinational Glencore and unions in the mining industry has led to a joint approach to managing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kinross Gold Corporation must ensure workers’ health and safety during Covid-19 crisis

8 May, 2020Workers at Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania, owned by Canadian Kinross Gold Corporation, launched an indefinite strike on 5 May over non-compliance with labour laws and workers’ safety during Covid-19.

In search of best practice protocol in the global mining industry

22 April, 2020As trade unions around the world respond to the rapidly unfolding public health, economic and employment crisis, the respect for the ILO fundamental rights at work, including the right to refuse or shut down unsafe work is becoming urgent.

Argentinian union condemns LafargeHolcim for exposing workers to COVID-19

2 April, 2020According to IndustriALL affiliate Asociación Obrera Minera Argentina (AOMA) Holcim (of the LafargeHolcim group) is demanding that employees continue work as normal, in violation of the emergency decrees adopted by the Argentinian government to protect against the corona virus.