Common strategy needed to counter attacks on mineworkers

Published: 7 Apr 2017

Mineworkers at IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in three different continents are facing attack from multinational companies seeking to cut jobs, slash benefits and drive down wages.

Hecla Mining Company in the USA, Anglo American in Australia, and Freeport-McMoRan in Indonesia, are trying to break trade unions by refusing to enter into fair negotiations. The attacks are part of a global trend in the industry.

“The common thread that runs through the three disputes is profit maximization through violation and abuse of trade union rights. These disputes, although separate, are essentially one struggle,” said IndustriALL General Secretary, Valter Sanches. “We need to work towards negotiating collective bargaining agreements that function across borders as a common response.”

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