From the TUC

Protest on Thursday about miners’ lockout in California

13 Apr 2010, By

The ILWU, a US union, is working with Unite, ITF and ICEM to protest at the AGM of British-based multinational mining company Rio Tinto from 10am on Thursday 15 April (at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster) about the lockout at the Borate mine in Southern California, which began on 31 January. 570 workers were locked out for opposing a plan to change decent jobs into temporary, part-time or outsourced work. Please join the demonstration and see our briefing note. Rio Tinto claim that they are being forced into this by the global crisis, but the briefing note explains that this argument is just a pretext for replacing decent work with exploitation. If Rio Tinto get away with this, it could encourage other employers to do the same, so, as ever, supporting the Borate mine workers is basic solidarity. Defending their rights is part of defending ours.

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