Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Rio Tinto, Valentine's Day & Worker's Rights

RIO Tinto, the global mining giant, is a serial violator of workers' rights.  It also has a long history of abuse of human rights and destruction of the environment.

This year, IndustriALL Global Union has teamed with with two NGOs (Earthworks and the London Mining Network) to put pressure on Rio Tinto where it hurts.

It turns out that the world's largest jewellery retailer sources its diamonds and gold from Rio Tinto.

And Valentine's Day is a big sales day for that company.

We've decided that there could be no better time to tell the public about the connection and to encourage that jewellery company to tell Rio Tinto to clean up its act.

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or don't, whether you buy jewellery or don't, I'm sure you care about workers' rights and will join me in sending this very powerful message to Rio Tinto.

Please take a moment to send off your message here:


To learn much more about the fight for workers' rights at Rio Tinto, go here:


Do these online campaigns work?

Just ask the workers at IFF in Dandenong, Australia.  We told you about their occupation of their workplace a few days ago, and asked you to send messages of protest and solidarity in support of the IUF's global online campaign.  Thousands of you did so -- thanks.  The workers have won a spectacular victory.  Read more here:


Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.

Solidarity forever!

Eric Lee

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