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Mexico must ratify ILO C176

18 February, 2020On 19 February 2006, 65 workers died following a methane gas explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine in Pasta de Conchos, Mexico. Only two bodies were recovered before the company sealed the mine. As the 14th anniversary of the mining tragedy approaches, IndustriALL is calling on the Mexican government to ratify ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.

Responsible mining protects workers’ and communities’ rights

6 February, 2020With sustainability and responsible mining gaining momentum, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) standards for responsible mining is emerging as a credible tool for quality assurance. More than 30 representatives from unions, non-governmental organizations and community groups in 12 countries, met in Cape Town on 2 February to discuss how the tool can protect workers and community rights.

Union to negotiate with Glencore over retrenchments at South African smelter

30 January, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), will meet commodity trader Glencore in consultative meetings about retrenchments at Rustenburg Smelter. The meetings will be mediated by the Commission of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Pakistan mine safety crisis continues

30 January, 2020The start of 2020 has seen increasing accidents and deaths in Pakistan’s coal mines, exposing the near non-existence of safety measures and continued negligence from the employers and the government.

Iranian miners fired after protest action

30 January, 2020300 workers at the Chadormalu iron ore mine have been fired after protesting low wages and wage discrimination against contractors.

Mongolian union calls for reformed labour code

22 January, 2020The IndustriALL affiliate in Mongolia is urging the parliament to reform the country’s labour code, standardizing miners’ duty roster to 14 days on and 14 days off to ensure mine safety.

STATEMENT: Brazilian National Contact Point fails workers and justice after dam disaster

20 December, 2019IndustriALL Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers’ International are disappointed with the performance, including the final statement of the Brazilian National Contact Point in response to their joint complaint  under the OECD Guidelines against Vale S.A. and BHP Billiton.

Global network meeting resolves to pursue dialogue with Anglo American

18 December, 2019The IndustriALL Global Union Anglo American global network meeting in Johannesburg on 11-12 December agreed to pursue global dialogue with Anglo American at least twice a year, on issues the company faces with regards to mineworkers and communities.

Deilmann-Haniel fires workers demanding safety in Belarus

29 November, 2019German shaft-sinking company, Deilmann-Haniel has notified workers about non-renewal of their contracts after their complaint to the Belarusian labour inspectorate about violations of the national safety norms and the absence of safety certification of their workplaces.

Unpaid Ukrainian miners finally get their wages

15 November, 2019Following a few months of determined and courageous strikes, protest actions and negotiations, on 14 November, Ukrainian miners from state-owned coal mines received their unpaid wages fully from June to September and partially for October. By the end of October, the total wage arrears to the miners of state-owned coal mines amounted UAH 1,172 million (US $47 million) and dated back to June to October.