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Female mine workers – colleagues not sex objects

13 August, 2015Women working in South African mines are subject to sexual harassment and abuse from male colleagues, says Phumeza Mgengo from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

IndustriALL launches campaign as Grasberg crisis escalates

8 June, 2017More than 3,000 striking workers have now been fired at PT Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia.

South Africa: NUM marches against plans to cull 8,500 jobs at AngloGold Ashanti

9 August, 2017IndustriALL Global Union South African affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), took to the streets of Johannesburg on 5 August and marched to the offices of mining company AngloGold Ashanti to protest proposed retrenchments of 8,500 workers at mines in Carletonville and Matlosana. 

Newly formed Kyrgyz union concludes first agreement with Turkish investor

16 August, 2017Following intensive collective bargaining at the Turkish-Kyrgyz mining company Eti Bakir Tereksay, the primary union organization of the Mining and Metallurgy Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan (MMTUK), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, concluded their first collective agreement.

IndustriALL to lead mission to Freeport operations in Indonesia

3 August, 2017IndustriALL Global Union will lead a mission to Indonesia from 8-11 August, to support workers fired for striking at Grasberg mine and PT Smelting. Both operations are part-owned by US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.

South Africa: Five miners killed in goldmine

31 August, 2017The bodies of the last two miners trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s deepest mine, Kusasalethu, in Carletonville, South Africa were recovered today (Thursday 31 August). It brings the total number of fatalities to five. 

Precarious working conditions of diamond cutting and polishing workers in Botswana expose jewellery brands

25 June, 2020Over 277 jobs were recently lost in Botswana’s diamond cutting and polishing sector. IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Botswana Diamond Workers Union (BDWU), is protesting against the precarious working conditions in the industry.

DRC unions confront challenges of supply chain due diligence

2 May, 2021The virtual OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains on 27-28 April brought together representatives from government, business, and civil society, including trade unions, providing insights into the complexities of the supply chains ecosystems and the implementation of the OECD due diligence for multinational companies.

Union intervenes to release mineworkers from Covid-19 quarantine camp

3 June, 2020Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) recently intervened to end a month-long Covid-19 quarantine, in which workers lived in a makeshift camp at Chambishi mine on the copper belt.

Health and safety in Armenia

13 September, 2022Although Armenia ratified ILO Convention 176 on safety and health in mines in 1998, there is still several pending issues. On 9-11 September, IndustriALL and the ILO held a health and safety workshop for the Trade Union of Miners, Metallurgists and Jewellers of Armenia, attended by representatives from the country’s labour inspectorate and directors from big mining and metallurgical companies.