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IndustriALL Global Union, together with its affiliate, FISEMA, held a workshop on 8 August focused on organizing Rio Tinto’s workers and subcontractors at the company’s mineral sand mine operation QMM in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.
Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company', writes IndustriALL Assistant General Secretary Kemal Özkan on The Ecologist. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost.
The Soma mine disaster in Turkey in May this year brought the daily horrors of mine workers toiling deep into the belly of the earth to keep the wheels of modern day life turning into sharp focus.
Key mining trade unions from around the world joined IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe in a solidarity mission to the Soma mine site in Turkey, one month on from the mass killing of 301 mineworkers in an avoidable industrial disaster.
CB&I Matamoros is carrying out mass dismissals in Mexico after 350 workers went on strike on 3 June for better working conditions. IndustriALL calls on the company to stop reprisals, reinstate the dismissed workers and respect freedom of association.
IndustriALL is urging investors to demand the truth from mining and metals giant Rio Tinto about its pattern of conflict.
Workers of EVRAZ Sukhaya Balka JSC in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, are demanding a doubling of wages. If management fails to agree, workers are prepared to go on strike.
The issue of sustainability is at the heart of efforts on the part of Brazilian unions to halt the adoption of a controversial new mining law pending a process of public consultation. Brazilian unions as well social and environmental groups are united in their attempt to postpone the vote on the mining code, which they say lacks legitimacy.
At the ceremony for the Arthur Svensson International Prize for trade union rights in Oslo, winner Napoleón Gómez Urrutia’s wife accepted the award on his behalf. With death threats and arrest orders hanging over his head, the Mexican trade union leader remained in Canada.
Multinationals are often accused of having a tin ear for the plight of workers, an attitude very much in evidence this week than in the way BHP Billiton is slashing jobs at its Cerro Matoso nickel mine in Colombia.
Turkish unions have been vociferous in their campaign against illegal and irresponsible outsourcing and subcontracting in the country on the occasion of the Soma industrial homicide.
Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda told the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) that he will not sign any collective agreement negotiated by unions if it does not improve workers salary above the poverty line.
The status quo must end in the global mining industry. The 301 miners murdered in Soma, Manisa, Turkey on 13 May would still be alive if the Turkish government and employers had put workers’ lives before profits. IndustriALL Global Union is taking action to push for urgent change to a dangerous industry.
IndustriALL Global Union and its worldwide family mourn the deaths of hundreds of mineworkers in Soma, Manisa province in Western Turkey. As of the time of writing, 205 miners are dead and more than 80 are hospitalized. Rescue efforts continue to safeguard hundreds more miners trapped underground. Oxygen is still being pumped into the mine, however hopes are diminishing.
Rio Tinto is notorious for its union bashing tactics and abuse of precarious workers. Along with a protest outside, Australian unions CFMEU and AWU took the floor at Rio Tinto’s annual general meeting in Melbourne on 8 May, slamming the company’s poor safety standards and unfair practices.
One of IndustriALL’s strategic goals is to influence governments and business on sustainable industrial policy. This was taken a step further when the global union was invited to participate at a two-day constituency building workshop on the African Mining Vision.
Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the heroic head of the Mexican mineworkers union, Los Mineros, won this year’s Arthur Svensson International Prize for trade union rights. The famous leader once again presided over his union’s congress last week remotely from exile in Canada.
IndustriALL Global Union joins the National Union of Mineworkers at the Anglo American annual general meeting to demand justice for South African Miners that suffer from the deadly respiratory disease, silicosis, contracted while working in the company’s South African gold mines.
IndustriALL Global Union came together with trade union and civil society representatives to call for an end to Rio Tinto’s unsustainable behavior at the annual general meeting for shareholders (AGM) in London today.
IndustriALL Global Union has produced a report released today; “Unsustainable: The Ugly Truth about Rio Tinto” highlighting the multinational’s global practices. And today, workers from numerous countries will stage a protest outside Rio Tinto’s AGM over the ugly truth behind its global operations.
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