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Unions in Madagascar protest against forced leave

25 May, 2020When seven workers tested positive to the coronavirus at Tamatave Mine, owned by Ambatovy, and managed by Canadian company, Sherritt, 60 per cent of the workforce of mainly Malagasy workers were put on forced leave for six months on reduced pay.

New cases of Covid-19 in Peru’s mines

13 May, 2020As operations in Peru’s mines continue despite a state of emergency, the National Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union (FNTMMSP) says 252 miners have contracted the disease and one has died.

CFMEU wins appeal against BHP Operations Services

11 May, 2020Australian union CFMEU Mining and Energy has won an appeal against the approval of two enterprise agreements covering workers employed by BHP’s in-house labour hire provider Operations Services.

Brazil closes 47 unsafe mining dams

16 April, 2020Brazil has ordered the immediate closure of 47 tailings dams as their stability could not be certified. More than half of the mines belong to Vale, the company responsible for the country's worst ever environmental and human disaster.

Sintracarbón ends collective bargaining dispute with Cerrejón

6 April, 2020IndustriALL Colombian affiliate Sintracarbón has withdrawn its list of demands from Cerrejón, ending the collective bargaining dispute and cancelling the strike approved by union members.

South Africa: 378 trapped mineworkers safely rescued

11 March, 2020378 mineworkers were rescued on 10 March after being trapped underground for nine hours. The workers were trapped when a UV 72 machine used to transport workers and materials underground caught fire at Sibanye Stillwater Simunye Shaft in Rustenburg.

Ukrainian coal miners bring challenges to the President

26 February, 2020For the first time in six years, the President of Ukraine participated in the All-Ukrainian coal miners meeting on 25 February in Kiev, and promised to pay all wages owed to coal miners in state-owned enterprises within two months. 

Marble quarry accident highlights ongoing slaughter in Pakistan mines

26 February, 2020At least ten people were killed and 30 were trapped after a rock slide at a marble quarry in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 22 February. The horrific accident highlights the ongoing slaughter in Pakistan’s mines, which kill 200 workers each year.

Sintracarbón reaches critical step at Cerrejón

25 February, 2020IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón and mining company Cerrejón have agreed to extend the collective bargaining period until 6 March. If no agreement is reached by then, the union will vote whether to go on strike.

Unions optimistic as AngloGold Ashanti's Obuasi mine in Ghana resumes operations

20 February, 2020Following a period of uncertainty, when the Obuasi mine was put on limited operations, and then on care and maintenance in 2016, the mine is up and running again.