CFMEU - Mining and Energy Division
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.
28 April is International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. Let’s put pressure on countries to ratify ILO Convention 176, and end the safety crisis in mining!
Already this year, there have been many fatal mining accidents: in the US, Pakistan, China, Congo, Russia and elsewhere. The fall in commodity prices worldwide means mining companies are under financial pressure, and safety is often the first to go. It doesn’t have to be like this: every accident is preventable.
The mining industry in Pakistan is in the grip of a safety crisis as the avoidable loss of workers’ lives continues in the country.
Ten workers were killed in a mining accident on 12 March 2016 at the Al-Hussaini coal mine in the Doli area of Orakzai region, in Kyber Pakhtoonkhaw province.
Accumulated methane gas reportedly caused a blast inside the mine, while heavy rainfall added to difficulties in rescuing 27 workers who were trapped inside.
Ten years after the mining homicide at Pasta de Conchos, Mexico, the government has still not conducted a thorough investigation into the real causes of the disaster, brought those responsible to justice, recovered the bodies or compensated the families of the victims.
Now that the former CEO of Massey Energy, who operated the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, USA, has been found guilty of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards, what does it mean for the future of safety in American mines?
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