Unions stand up to BHP at AGM

Published: 22 Oct 2018

IndustriALL Global Union and affiliates representing BHP workers in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Colombia challenged the mining giant’s unsustainable and dangerous business model, at its annual general meeting in London on 17 October.

IndustriALL’s assistant general secretary, Kemal Özkan, questioned the world’s biggest mining company’s over its claims of sustainability, which he argued is not just about economic performance but also the environment, society and labour.

At the shareholder meeting the CFMEU was represented by Queensland District Secretary Steve Smyth and Northern District Vice President Jeff Drayton who both asked questions about BHP's use of contract labour and their lack of regard for workers suffering with mine dust diseases.

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CFMEU (Steve Smyth & Jeff Drayton centre) with other IndustriALL members send a message to BHP