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Rio Tinto workers protest in 13 countries

16 October, 2014In a coordinated day of defiance on 7 October workers organized protests at Rio Tinto operations in over a dozen countries.

AUSTRALIA Rio Tinto actions

15 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliates, the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU), the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU), took action on 7 October against Rio Tinto.

SOUTH AFRICA Rio Tinto actions

15 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) meet with branch committee at Rio Tinto Richards Bay operation.

CANADA Rio Tinto actions

14 October, 2014In Canada on 7 October IndustriALL affiliates, the United Steelworkers Canada (USW), UNIFOR and the Fédération de l’Industrie Manufacturière de la Construction des Syndicats Nationaux (FIM-CSN) take action as part of the "Global Day of Defiance" against Rio Tinto.

GUINEA Rio Tinto actions

14 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliate, the Union Syndicale des Travailleurs de Guinée (USTG), had planned to organize a carnival and seminar to mark the Rio Tinto day of action. They also planned to distribute the global flyer. However as a result of the ebola crisis, workers and union officials were sent home and no action could be organized.

USA Rio Tinto actions

13 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliates, the United Steelworkers (USW) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), took action on 7 October against Rio Tinto.

MONGOLIA Rio Tinto actions

13 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliate the Federation of Energy, Geology and Mining Workers’ Trade Unions of Mongolia (MEGM) participated in the Rio Tinto global day by handing out the Rio Tinto Ugly Truth flyer bo

NETHERLANDS Rio Tinto actions

13 October, 2014Unions at the Rio Tinto aluminum production facility in the Netherlands participated in the global day of action by distributing the global day flyer to workers at the site. 

MADAGASCAR Rio Tinto actions

13 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliate in Madagascar, the Fédération des Syndicats des Travailleurs de l’Energie et des Mines (FISEMA) produced a banner for the global day advertising Rio Tinto's excessive use of p

INDONESIA Rio Tinto actions

13 October, 2014IndustriALL affiliate CEMWU distributed flyers on the global day to members at the mine in Grasberg partially owned by Rio Tinto. Leadership of the union at the mine also wore campaign tshirts with the IndustriALL logo and slogan "Rio Tinto, the Ugly Truth".