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2010 Pike River tragedy “accident waiting to happen”

8 November, 2012Almost two years after the tragic mine accident at Pike River, New Zealand that killed 29 miners, the Royal Commission of Inquiry published its damning report this week illustrating an “unrelenting picture of failure at virtually every level”.

Supervisor killed in a protest at Zambian Collum Mine

8 August, 2012A Chinese supervisor at Collum Coal Mine in Zambia was killed and another seriously wounded after being hit by a trolley pushed at them by workers on 4 August 2012. Workers were angry that the mining company had failed to raise wages in line with new minimums set by the Zambian government.

OECD National Contact Points support Bangladesh Accord

27 June, 2013IndustriALL and UNI welcome the decision of the OECD National Contact Points for OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises to support the Accord on Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety as a robust and credible program which commits the brands to work with local stakeholders to guarantee the safety of workers.

Tragedy in crisis ridden Central African Republic

1 July, 2013Driven by desperation and poverty amidst political upheaval, workers resumed mining at a site that had been closed in 2009 after a landslide killed 16 people. The reopened site saw tragedy on 23 June when its collapse killed 52 miners.

7 killed in garment factory collapse in Bhiwandi, Mumbai

5 July, 2013A two-storey building that housed a Garment factory collapsed in the early hours of Thursday, 4 July. The “godown” or warehouse was located in Arihant Compound, Kalher village in the Bhiwandi area of Thane District, Mumbai.

Shipbreakers die at ‘The Love Boat’ in Turkey

15 August, 2013Two workers die and nine are injured in result of smoke inhalation while dismantling the MS Pacific ship also known as The Love Boat in Izmir, Turkey.

Deadly factory fire again underlines importance of Bangladesh Accord

9 October, 2013Last night, 8 October, at least 9 people were killed in a factory fire at Aswad Composite Mills of the Palmal Group in the Gazipur district near Dhaka. IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union confirm their commitment to the comprehensive 5-year plan of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

Spanish miners mourn six dead co-workers

31 October, 2013Spanish coal miners launched two-day work stoppage on 29 October 2013 after the deadly accident taking away six lives and leaving many more injured happened in a mine in northwest Spain.

Act now for Rubén Darío Montoya Obando!

7 March, 2014Rubén Darío Montoya Obando has been on a hunger strike since February, protesting against Tenaris – Tubos Caribe’s, his former employer, refusal to pay compensation for a serious work place accident he suffered in 2002.

A day to fight for the living; and mourn for the dead

22 April, 2014Every 28 April is designated by the labour movement as the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers.