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Carbones de Cerrejón workers vote to go on strike

31 January, 2013Carbones de Cerrejón workers in Colombia have voted to go on strike at the beginning of February. Their union, Sintracarbón, is hoping that the company will make a new proposal that will meet workers’ demands and end the dispute that began on 29 November last year.

Chilean miners at Minera Escondida win million peso bonus

31 January, 2013Chilean miners will receive an unprecedented bonus of 23 million pesos (US$ 48,665) and a 5 per cent pay rise as part of an early conclusion to negotiations. The miners’ union said it was only right that the company should share its profits with the workers.

Historic win for Rio Tinto workers

23 January, 2013Rio Tinto has agreed to resume negotiations with IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Australian Workers Union (AWU), after Fair Work Australia agreed that the majority of the workers at Bell Bay wanted to collectively bargain for pay and conditions.

Intimidation of leaders during collective bargaining at Carbones del Cerrejón

22 January, 2013IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Colombian president to protest at the threats made against the leaders of Sintracarbón trade union, who are negotiating with the company over working conditions.

Unions prepare for Mexico Days of Action

17 January, 2013Preparations are continuing for actions around the world marking the 2013 Mexico Days of Action, 18-24 February.

Turkish mining union labels fatal accident “murder”

17 January, 2013IndustriALL Global Union-affiliated Turkish mining trade union Genel Maden-Is has condemned the poor safety conditions at the Kozlu mine operated by a sub-contractor company where eight workers were killed on 7 January 2013.

UN human rights officials meet community landowners and workers in Excellon case

20 December, 2012At a meeting with UN human rights officials, community landowners and workers described how they had been evicted from their protest camp in Durango. They also said that Excellon violates human rights, has failed to comply with the lease it signed in 2008, and has threatened and harassed local people and workers.

IndustriALL extends full solidarity to NUM

13 December, 2012Following a report to its Executive Committee meeting on a high level mission of IndustriALL affiliates to South Africa, IndustriALL reiterated its unequivocal support for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Making a change for a HIV free Zambia

6 December, 2012IndustriALL Global Union came together with local partners to carry out a successful Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) campaign at the Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) in Zambia on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2012.

Sintracarbón in negotiations to improve conditions

6 December, 2012The union representing workers at the Colombian company Carbones del Cerrejón is currently negotiating to improve conditions for both permanent and outsourced workers and the whole community.