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IndustriALL Global Union to target Rio Tinto in campaign for workers’ rights

4 February, 2014As the world’s mining industry meets in Cape Town, IndustriALL is to rally with affiliated mining trade unions to call for an end to bad corporate behaviour at the expense of workers at Rio Tinto operations around the world.

The rally is set to take place on the last day of the 2014 African Mining Indaba, on 6 February at 11 am. Hundreds of participants are expected to march from St George´s Cathedral to the Cape Town Convention Centre, demanding an end to Rio Tinto’s bad corporate behaviour.

Claiming to abide by good corporate practice, mining and metals giant Rio Tinto’s conduct includes major disputes with trade unions, communities, indigenous peoples and regulatory authorities.

IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says that with the campaign, IndustriALL Global Union aims to build union power at Rio Tinto plants around the world, uniting workers in the struggle for decent work:

“Rio Tinto has extensive experience in causing one conflict after another with trade unions, indigenous organizations, environmental groups and other key community stakeholders. Unions and civil society are coming together in an unprecedented way to push back against Rio Tinto for the benefit of workers, the environment and communities.” 

Learn more about Rio Tinto’s history of conflict at http://www.industriall-union.org/riotinto

For more information please contact:

Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM Spokesperson, +27 (0)838093257

Petra Brännmark, Communications Director IndustriALL Global Union, +41 79 198 69 13
[email protected]

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.