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Sanction of the Xstrata Glencore merger challenged

15 November, 2012The proposed merger between giants Glencore and Xstrata goes to a shareholder vote on 20 November, as processes continue assessing the monopolistic concerns the merger brings.

South African workers' protest violently put down at Xstrata

14 November, 2012In the third incident of violent police action at Xstrata’s South African Kroondal operations in a week, police fired on mineworkers during a protest on 13 November, arresting 37 including shop stewards.

CFMEU strikes at Rio Tinto mine

14 November, 2012Mining giant Rio Tinto is showing its anti-union character once again. In closing its Australian Blair Athol mine the company is paying lower redundancy packages to CFMEU union members than to other workers.

2010 Pike River tragedy “accident waiting to happen”

8 November, 2012Almost two years after the tragic mine accident at Pike River, New Zealand that killed 29 miners, the Royal Commission of Inquiry published its damning report this week illustrating an “unrelenting picture of failure at virtually every level”.

IndustriALL-LabourStart-Amnesty International-PRODESC join forces for Mexican miners

8 November, 2012Under a joint banner of IndustriALL, LabourStart, Amnesty International, and Mexican NGO PRODESC, an online petition was launched yesterday decrying the forceful demolition of a workers’ protest camp at Excellon’s La Platosa mine, Mexico.

MUZ leaders commit to union rebuilding

6 November, 2012In order to assist in rebuilding union membership, IndustriALL held an organizing and collective bargaining workshop with the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ).

Violent eviction at La Platosa mine in Mexico

1 November, 2012Workers and community landowners supporting the Section 309 of the National Miners’ Union had set up a protest camp for the last three months outside the La Platosa mine entrance to demand freedom of association. The union is demanding an end to company violence and a solution to the dispute.

Polish miners went on 24-hour strike

25 October, 2012With no other way to find solution in a dispute over new labour contracts and wages Polish miners went on 24-hour strike on 19 October 2012.

Marathon labour dispute ends at BMA in Australia

25 October, 2012A new three-year enterprise agreement was adopted by 60 per cent of balloted workers on 20 October to close 23 months of bitter bargaining deadlock at mining giant BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) in Australia.

AngloGold dismisses striking mineworkers in South Africa

25 October, 2012AngloGold Ashanti began dismissing 12,000 workers today, 25 October, becoming the latest mining company to join the rush to dismiss striking workers with the misguided belief that such a move will bring the situation under control.