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The struggle of world labor with Rio Tinto

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Unions go global in fight with Rio Tinto
By Brad Norington, Industrial Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 1997. Rio Tinto will be the first target of a new ACTU strategy to fight companies that are anti-union on a "global" scale by using strong links with international unions and pressuring world financial institutions.
World trade union network against Rio Tinto launched
By Norm Dixon, Green Left Weekly, 18 February 1998. A worldwide network of delegages from 14 countries to defend workers' pay and conditions within the giant mining company, formed after a conference in Johannesburg from February 7, organised by the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Unions (ICEM).
Rio Tinto Unions Offer To Work With Company - But It Must Respect Labour Rights
ICEM Update, 9 February 9 2000. The offer came at the end of the network's meeting in Canberra, Australia, on 7-8 February. Among the main declarations it is noted that hitherto Rio Tinto in many of its operations has not recognized the right of its workers to form trade unions and bargain collectively.
Unions launch global attack on Rio board
By Stephen Long, Financial Review, 8 March 2000. Unions have forged a global alliance to try to oust the board of mining giant Rio Tinto through an unprecedented strategy of shareholder activism because the board is controlled by management. The unions believe they can win support from major pension funds around the world which hold Rio shares.