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Rio Tinto voted worst company linked to Olympics

23 July, 2012Rio Tinto was awarded the gold medal on Friday 20 July in London, after being voted the worst company linked to the London Olympics.

8,500 utility workers locked-out in New York

19 July, 2012IndustriALL affiliate, the Utility Workers Union of America is calling for solidarity after the electric and gas utility company Consolidated Edison locked out 8,500 workers on 1 July 2012.

Spanish miners’ “Marcha Negra” arrives in Madrid

12 July, 2012Spanish miners fighting against government subsidy cuts finalized their historic march, called “Marcha Negra”, with a demonstration in front of the building of Ministry of Industry in Madrid on 11 July with participation of hundreds of thousands of people.

Excellon must stop bullying Mexican landowners

12 July, 2012IndustriALL Global Union has today called on the Canadian mining company Excellon Resources Inc. to stop threatening Mexican landowners and to sit down instead with their representatives to resolve a long-standing conflict over land use.

Mexican mine workers denied fair union election

10 July, 2012IndustriALL pledges support for Los Mineros in its efforts to defend the interests of workers at the La Platosa mine in Mexico after it lost by one vote a ballot conducted in extremely intimidating circumstances. Last week’s union election at the La Platosa mine in Durango shows how employers in Mexico hold all the cards when workers try to organize to defend their interests.

Mining accident in South Africa kills 5 workers

6 July, 2012On 2 July, five workers were killed and 14 others were hospitalized for smoke inhalation at the KDC West mine operated by Gold Fields in South Africa, when a fire broke out. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) put the blame on poor mine management. NUM will conduct a memorial service for the deceased in their memory which is attended by the all the workers at the mine.

Spanish miners’ march against government cuts

5 July, 2012After 23 days of strike, members of the IndustriALL affiliated unions Federación de Industria CCOO and FITAG-UGT started the miners’ march, leaving the mining region of northern Spain on 22 June and due to arrive in Madrid on 11 July.

ArcelorMittal workers in Kazakhstan hold a warning strike

29 June, 2012More than 3,000 workers took part in a three-hour warning strike at ArcelorMittal Temirtau, Kazakhstan, in support of their collective demands on 29 June.

Support Spanish miners

19 June, 201210,000 coal miners in Spain are on the front-line of the European austerity debate as their workplaces are shutdown by national budget cuts, to pay for the debts of the banks.

Mexican mineworkers' leader blocked from attending Congress

18 June, 2012Napoleon Gomez, the elected leader of the Mexican mineworkers' union (Los Mineros) has been kept on the Interpol list by the Mexican government even though the Mexican courts have declared him innocent.