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SPECIAL REPORT: Campaigning for safer working conditions in Zimbabwe’s artisanal and small-scale mining

6 May, 2021Campaigns by trade unions, civil society organizations and mine affected communities for the formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) are meant to end the deadly working conditions of the miners in Zimbabwe. In addition, formalization will introduce decent working conditions.

IndustriALL demands justice for the victims of the Pasta de Conchos disaster

23 February, 2021Friday 19 February marked the 15th anniversary of the Pasta de Conchos tragedy in which 65 workers were killed at the Grupo Mexico mine. IndustriALL is demanding justice for the victims. It is also calling for the bodies of 63 workers still buried underground to be recovered.

2020: a year of carnage for Pakistan’s mineworkers

7 January, 2021Pakistani mineworkers’ unions estimate that at least 208 workers were killed on the job in 2020. This trend seems set to continue this year, with a fatal accident on New Years’ Day, and two fatal accidents and a terror attack on 3 January. So far this year, 14 mineworkers have been killed.

Workplace health and safety training for BHP workers in Latin America

13 August, 2020In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Latin America particularly hard, BHP workers in Chile, Colombia and Peru came together for an online workshop on occupational health and safety. The aim was to provide tools to help them to safeguard their right to a safe workplace.

Mine collapse kills more than 160 workers in Myanmar

3 July, 2020An accident in Hpakant, in Myanmar’s Kachin state, has claimed the lives of at least 162 mine workers, with dozens more feared dead, and injured 54.

Mining unions in solidarity to confront COVID-19

2 July, 2020“International solidarity is a must”, is a key strategy of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in the mining and diamond, ornaments, and jewelry production (DGOJP) sector to confront the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety crisis in Indian mines call for ratification of ILO C-176

5 June, 2020268 workers were killed and 748 workers suffered serious injuries in India’s mines between 2016 to 2019. A series of accidents in May suggest that 11 coal miners were killed and many more injured.

Peru’s government puts economic interests before miners’ safety

23 March, 2020Even though Peru’s government has introduced a curfew and state of emergency, mineworkers still have to go to work without any virus-protection measures. 

Marble quarry accident highlights ongoing slaughter in Pakistan mines

26 February, 2020At least ten people were killed and 30 were trapped after a rock slide at a marble quarry in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 22 February. The horrific accident highlights the ongoing slaughter in Pakistan’s mines, which kill 200 workers each year.

Pakistan mine safety crisis continues

30 January, 2020The start of 2020 has seen increasing accidents and deaths in Pakistan’s coal mines, exposing the near non-existence of safety measures and continued negligence from the employers and the government.