The IndustriALL mining sector held global meetings discussing the mining industry and the impact on workers and unions. They focused on critical raw materials for clean energy technologies and the responsibility of trade unions to organize workers in emerging sectors. The demand for these materials is increasing, leading to more investments and employment. The phase-out of the coal industry also has implications for workers, with millions of jobs expected to be lost by 2050. Participants emphasized the need for a Just Transition to renewable energy, including job creation and workers' rights. Additionally, the meetings discussed environmental, social, and governance performance, human rights due diligence, and the convergence of different industrial sectors. Violations of workers' rights by certain mining companies in various countries were highlighted. The importance of women's representation and fair treatment in the mining industry was also emphasized, along with the need for improved working conditions and the ratification of ILO Convention 190.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are mining unions?
A: Mining unions are organizations formed by workers in the mining industry to collectively represent and protect their rights and interests. They negotiate labor agreements, fight for better working conditions, and advocate for the well-being of their members.
Q: What are critical minerals?
A: Critical minerals are natural resources that are essential for various industrial sectors and have limited availability or high importance due to their strategic or economic value. These minerals play a crucial role in the development of technology, renewable energy, and other key industries.
Q: Why do mining unions prioritize building power along critical minerals?
A: Mining unions recognize the significance of critical minerals in shaping the future of industries and economies. By prioritizing building power along critical minerals, unions aim to ensure fair working conditions, secure employment opportunities, and sustainable practices in the extraction and processing of these minerals.
Q: How does IndustriALL Global Union support mining unions in their efforts?
A: IndustriALL Global Union is a global federation of trade unions representing workers across various sectors, including mining. They provide support to mining unions by advocating for workers' rights, promoting collective bargaining, facilitating knowledge sharing, and fostering international solidarity among unions.