CFMEU - Mining and Energy Division
IndustriALL Global Union has written to the International Labour Organization (ILO) urging it to intervene to improve safety in Chinese coal mines, following the deaths of 86 coal miners in a matter of weeks.
On 5 November, over 800 people, including a delegation from IndustriALL, BHP unions from Australia, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, gathered along with representatives from social movements in the ghost town of Bento Rodriguez to demand justice for those affected by and punishment for those responsible for the dam collapse in 2015.
The event was organized by the Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB), a social movement that defends people affected by dams.
Addressing the crowd, IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan said:
Anglo American workers at German Creek in Queensland and at Les Bronces in Chile are in dispute as the company refuses to bargain in good faith.
At an IndustriALL Anglo American global network meeting in Latin America, participants stood strong in solidarity with Australian and Chilean workers who are on strike.
Three workers have been killed and another seriously injured in an accident at the state-owned Shahrigh coalmine in Pakistan, emphasizing the urgent need for the country to ratify the ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.
According to reports, a boulder fell on workers at the coalmine following a landslide on 24 July 2016. Sabir Khan, Sardar Ali and Ameenullah died as result of their injuries, while Arfan Khan was seriously hurt. All victims are contract workers aged between 30 and 35.
Dialogue between IndustriALL Global Union affiliates and Rio Tinto about establishing agreed global labour principles and structures for enforcing those principles continues, following a management reorganization at the company.
Nonetheless, Rio Tinto has failed to adequately improve its treatment of workers and remains the target of a global campaign.
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