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February change of venue - IndustriALL Global Union to target Rio Tinto in campaign for workers’ rights

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6 February change of venue - IndustriALL Global Union to target Rio Tinto in campaign for workers’ rights

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 February 2014

Please be advised of the change of venue and time – tomorrow’s rally will start from St George’s cathedral on Queen Victoria street at 11 pm. Participants will march on to the Cape Town Convention Centre, demanding an end to Rio Tinto’s bad corporate behaviour.

As the world’s mining industry meets in Cape Town, IndustriALL rallies with a network of affiliated trade unions in the mining industry to end bad corporate behaviour at the expense of workers at Rio Tinto operations around the world.

Claiming to abide by good corporate practice, mining and metals giant Rio Tinto’s behaviour includes major disputes with trade unions, communities, indigenous peoples and regulatory authorities.

IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says that with the campaign, IndustriALL Global Union aims to build union power at Rio Tinto plants around the world, uniting workers in the struggle for decent work:

“Rio Tinto has extensive experience in causing one conflict after another with trade unions, indigenous organizations, environmental groups and other key community stakeholders. Unions and civil society are coming together in an unprecedented way to push back against Rio Tinto for the benefit of workers, the environment and communities.”

Learn more about Rio Tinto’s history of conflict at

For more information please contact:

Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM Spokes person, 0838093257

Petra Brännmark, Communications Director IndustriALL Global Union, +41 79 198 69 13

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

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