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On 29 September 2012 the United Workers' Union of Liberia won a landmark union representation election at Putu Iron Ore Mine in Grand Gedeh County and at their corporate office in Monrovia.
About 500 protestors from communities affected by platinum mining in Limpopo, South Africa marched to Anglo Platinum's Mogalakwena Mine on 28 September to hand over demands to the company as well as to Platreef Resources, that sent a representative to receive memoranda.
On 18 September unions took action in Mexico, Peru and the USA demanding that Grupo Mexico respect workers and unions at all of it’s operations.
IndustriALL Global Union U.S. affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) reached a tentative new three-year agreement with ArcelorMittal for the company's operations in USA. One month earlier, the United Workers Union of Liberia (UWUL) managed to get their first deal with the same company.
After a six week strike and bloody unrest at Lonmin’s Marikana mine that left 45 people dead, workers have returned to work.
Six months after the mining giant Xstrata and the commodities trading giant Glencore first announced their merger, the US$36 billion deal now seems close. A new and final offer has an approval deadline of 24 September.
The Glencore-Xstrata merger is on a knife edge. IndustriALL Global Union warns of the threat posed to workers by the new behemoth should the deal go through, and tells Xstrata of the reputational damage Glencore will bring them.
On strike for the last 21 years, the Fiji Mine Workers’ Union, an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, lodged a submission to the Constitutional Commission in Vatukola on 31 August calling for improved workers’ rights in the country’s new constitution.
A worker has died at work after a metal sheet fell on him. The union says that health and safety managers are responsible, and that this is the fourth fatal accident in just over two years.
All efforts are now pushing towards a peace accord at the Marikana platinum mine, with 50 negotiators filling the neighbouring Rustenburg town hall under mediation of labour ministry officials.
Approximately 100 soldiers and officers of the Mexican Army and Federal and state police agencies used force on 29 August to break through the peaceful protest taking place, in front of the La Platosa mine, owned by a subsidiary of Excellon Resources, Inc. in Durango.
Conflict stemming from collusion between management and a yellow union, attempting to weaken IndustriALL’s affiliated National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), escalated into tragedy yesterday as at least 35 workers were shot dead by police at the Marikana platinum mine.
Sintramienergetica is calling on the Colombian government to stop abuses by union-busting multinationals like Glencore, Drummond and Vale. After nearly one month on strike in defence of the terms of their collective agreement, directly and indirectly employed workers at Carbones de la Jagua and Fenoco have been sacked.
Elections at PKC are due to be held in September, when workers will choose which union they want to represent them, the miners’ union or the CTM. The workers have accused the company of threatening them and putting pressure on them to go back to work.
Rio Tinto was awarded the gold medal on Friday 20 July in London, after being voted the worst company linked to the London Olympics.
IndustriALL 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 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.
IndustriALL 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.
IndustriALL 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.
On 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.
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