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Manildra workers
Created Tue 21/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 21/04/2015

Companies found abusing overseas workers must be held accountable

Yesterday’s finding by the Fair Work Ombudsman that a group of exploited Chinese and Filipino workers will receive $873,000 in backpay after being exploited by their employer Chia Tung is welcome, but far more needs to be done to bring the company to account and achieve justice for the workers.

The CFMEU, who brought the workers’ plight to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), said that given the extent of the abuses the company perpetrated against these vulnerable workers, the mere recovery of wages was not enough.

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Created Tue 21/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 21/04/2015

International Workers Memorial Day

Since its origins in Canada in the 1980s, International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April has become a global occasion of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

Globally, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 2.34 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. From these fatalities, the majority or 2.02 million are from occupational and work-related diseases. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives.

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Created Fri 17/04/2015, Last Updated Fri 17/04/2015

Rio Tinto shamed at annual shareholders meeting

IndustriALL Global Union’s network of unions have taken their grievances to Rio Tinto's annual shareholders' meeting in London. The mining giant was shamed by its failures on union rights, worker safety, damage to the environment, and indigenous peoples and other communities.

A number of trade unions from all over the world along with NGOs and groups of indigenous people rallied outside the venue of the Rio Tinto AGM 2015. With chanting and delivering a defiant message that the IndustriALL campaign will continue.