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Down Rio Tinto, down!

6 February, 2014On Thursday, the Rio Tinto Global Union Network took to the streets of Cape Town, supported by hundreds of members from IndustriALL Global Union affiliated mining unions, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU). The demonstrators demanded an end to Rio Tinto’s bad corporate behaviour at its operations around the world.

Glencore Xstrata acts true to form in Peru

27 December, 2013Glencore Xstrata is using unfair dismissals, coercion and interference in union affairs to prevent technicians at the Antapaccay copper company in the Cuzco region of Peru from unionizing.

SPECIAL REPORT: Rio Tinto unsustainable business practice

27 November, 2013Claiming to abide by good corporate practice, mining giant Rio Tinto’s behaviour includes major disputes with trade unions, communities, regulatory authorities, as well as over indigenous people’s rights.

Concern in the Netherlands about conditions in Colombian coal mines

10 October, 2013More than half of the coal used in the Netherlands is imported from Colombia. Concerns have emerged about the situation in the Colombian coal industry, where activists and peasants are threatened and murdered, working conditions are precarious and trade union rights are violated.

Back to back strikes continue in South Africa

12 September, 2013As strikes in the gold sector and auto sector come to an end, workers in motor sector start strike action for better wages in a heated bargaining season for South Africa.

Mass dismissals at Rio Tinto in Madagascar

31 July, 2013The sharp decline in commodity prices in the international market is being felt in the mining sector in Madagascar, as Rio Tinto QMM’s subcontractor Omega plans to stop operations at Fort-Dauphin.

AWU and CFMEU join forces

22 July, 2013IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), join forces in Australia to launch the Western Mine Workers Alliance.

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.

Freeport operations halted after fatal accidents

6 June, 2013Freeport McMoRan’s Indonesian copper mine will not be able to resume operations until a probe into a deadly tunnel collapse is completed in two to three months.

NUM submits its wage demands to the Chamber of Mines

22 May, 2013The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has on Friday submitted its wage demands to the Chamber of Mines for the 2013 wage negotiations.