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At the end of January, IndustriALL Global Union and the Indian National Mineworkers Federation (INMWF) visited Chattarpur, in Madhya Pradesh, India, where Rio Tinto is waiting for approval to develop a 300-metre-deep open-pit diamond mine.
***UPDATE - 17 February 2016*** All 28 detained Khatoon Abad copper mine workers have now been released on bail. IndustriALL Global Union welcomes the reported release of 23 of 28 workers arrested last month but urges the government of Iran to set free five more who remain in custody.
Trade unionists from Glencore operations around the world made their voices heard in Cape Town on 10 February under the slogan “Glencore – we demand justice now”.
IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the government of Iran to immediately release 28 workers arrested on 26 January.
Serious doubts have been raised over Rio Tinto’s reporting of incidents and worker injuries its Carbone Savoie site in France.
IndustriALL has been reaching out to investors to engage Rio Tinto in limiting precarious work and improving the working conditions of precarious workers.
This holiday season, unions are again calling on one of the world’s largest jewellery retailers to clean up its supplier of diamonds. They are urging Signet to demand that multinational mining and metals giant Rio Tinto respect workers’ rights, indigenous peoples and the environment.
IndustriALL Global Union condemns Canadian mining multinational, Sherritt, for refusing to attend a government-mediated meeting to discuss hundreds of lay-offs at it’s billion-dollar nickel mine in Madagascar.
At least 117 people were killed in a landslide in the jade mining area in northern Myanmar on 21 November. Workers and their families were asleep in their tents that were buried under the piles of rubble.
110 agency workers at Nord Gold Bissa mine in Burkina Faso have been fired following a conflict with the agency employer Exterhum Africa, which has been going on for more than six months.
Women working in South African mines are subject to sexual harassment and abuse from male colleagues, says Phumeza Mgengo from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates and independent unions in Madagascar are hitting back against Canadian mining and energy multinational Sherritt, which they accuse of violating trade union rights and breaching national legislation.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates across four continents targeted Switzerland last week to pressure the country into holding mining giant Glencore responsible for worker violations abroad.
A group of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from fourteen countries is appealing to Swiss citizens to hold mining multinational Glencore accountable for violations against workers at its operations around the world.
Two workers at Sherritt International’s multi-billion dollar nickel project in Madagascar have attempted suicide after being among 1,100 workers that were sacked without warning last week. Tragically, one of the workers died after taking her own life. Another worker is in hospital after a failed attempt.
IndustriALL’s fifth edition of Global Worker is out now with a fresh new look. The magazine includes a new set of features, interviews and profiles on a range of different topics from a workers’ perspective.
At Rio Tinto’s AGM in London on 16 April, Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh claimed that the company’s outsourcing strategy is all about responding to flexible market demands and accessing particular expertise. However, the global increase of the use of precarious labour at Rio Tinto in all regions of the world tells a different story.
This Valentine’s Day, the world’s largest jewellery retailer is challenged to clean up its supplier of dirty diamonds. International coalition of labour and environmental groups call upon Signet to put its money where its mouth is on responsible sourcing. Sign the LabourStart campaign here.
A 6-day strike by 5,000 members of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Northam Platinum ended on 20 January after workers’ accepted a draft memorandum of understanding developed with management.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates have committed to putting human rights at the heart of sustainable development in the mining industry, following a conference in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator.
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