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The bodies of the last two miners trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s deepest mine, Kusasalethu, in Carletonville, South Africa were recovered today (Thursday 31 August). It brings the total number of fatalities to five.
IndustriALL affiliate the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) strongly opposes plans by Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to sacrifice 4,700 jobs, and condemns the company’s use of intimidation and blackmail as a bargaining chip.
Clashes broke out on Saturday at Freeport’s Grasberg mine in West Papua, Indonesia, after striking workers blockaded the mine.
Following intensive collective bargaining at the Turkish-Kyrgyz mining company Eti Bakir Tereksay, the primary union organization of the Mining and Metallurgy Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan (MMTUK), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, concluded their first collective agreement.
IndustriALL Global Union South African affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), took to the streets of Johannesburg on 5 August and marched to the offices of mining company AngloGold Ashanti to protest proposed retrenchments of 8,500 workers at mines in Carletonville and Matlosana.
IndustriALL Global Union will lead a mission to Indonesia from 8-11 August, to support workers fired for striking at Grasberg mine and PT Smelting. Both operations are part-owned by US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.
The danger of working underground on South African gold mines was again demonstrated when four mineworkers were killed at work on Saturday 22 July at Tau Lekoa mine at Orkney, North West Province.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Australia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Canada and the United States, meeting as the Rio Tinto Global Network in Johannesburg, South Africa from 19-21 July, welcomed a commitment from Rio Tinto to improve its relations with trade unions.
IndustriALL is planning a high level mission to Indonesia to intervene in this increasingly bitter dispute.
More than 3,000 striking workers have now been fired at PT Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia.
At Glencore’s 2017 annual general shareholders meeting in Zug, Switzerland on 24 May, IndustriALL Global Union, together with its affiliates UNIA of Switzerland and USW (Workers Uniting North America) expressed serious concerns on the growing list of violations that continue to impact workers and communities at many of the company’s operations.
PT Freeport Indonesia has terminated 2,018 workers taking strike action at the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in the Indonesian province of West Papua.
CFMEU delegate Dave McLachlan was sacked after a shift of miners at Appin mine stripped down to their underwear in protest at the lack of work clothes.
Mining operator PT Freeport Indonesia is laying off workers taking strike action at the Grasberg mine.
At an IndustriALL AngloGold Ashanti Global Network meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 5 May, affiliates from Argentina, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, South Africa and Tanzania agreed to intensify their campaign against rape, murder and sexual harassment of women mine workers.
Anglo American’s shareholders were met by demonstrations outside the venue of its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 24 April.
Mineworkers at IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in three different continents are facing attack from multinational companies seeking to cut jobs, slash benefits and drive down wages.
Union nº1 at the Escondida mine in Chile has ended a 42-day strike, using an article in the law allowing them to extend the current collective agreement for another 18 months.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has won a Just Transition deal for workers at the Hazelwood power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
The findings of a preliminary study have confirmed IndustriALL Global Union’s global campaign message on mine health and safety - trade unions save lives.
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