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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.
BHP’s suggestion that workers’ rights to take industrial action should be more severely limited would put even more power in the hands of vastly powerful mining companies, the Miners Union said today.
It is reported today that the mining giant has recommended to the Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations inquiry that the Fair Work Act be revised to limit the use of work bans and strikes, with BHP’s coal boss Mike Henry complaining that industrial action affects mining productivity.
Community representatives meeting in Mackay today agreed there must be a halt to compulsory 100% FIFO in Queensland coal mines.
The CFMEU convened a forum today, which heard disturbing stories of families being forced to leave Mackay and surrounding areas in order to keep their jobs, while regional communities struggle with unemployment and plummeting populations.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Steve Smyth said there was broad agreement among the forum of federal, state, local government and community representatives that:
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