Global mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been accused by trade unions of violating workers’ rights in the name of the coronavirus pandemic
Workers had begun a sit-in strike underground in Lanxess’s Rustenburg mine on February 17 against various issues, including sexual harassment and the exploitation of contract workers at the mine
The union’s demand of a phased wage hike for mine workers, along with other health and housing benefits, is in light of the windfall gains accrued by the mining companies due to soaring prices of the platinum group metals
The mine workers are demanding a dignified collective negotiation agreement and abolition of an anti-labor reform, approved by the president in July
The miserable conditions in mines have led to the death of more than 120 workers in recent months.
Eight miners have died in April alone. According to estimates, mine-related accidents kill between 100 to 200 laborers every year in the country.
Over 1,000 employees lost their jobs when the Inata Mine was shut down in 2017. The Ghana-based Balaji Group, which took over the company in 2018, has not opened the mine and has not provided workers compensation for the period either
38 workers are confirmed to be trapped, with fears of even more buried, inside a makeshift gold mine in Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia, highlighting the dangerous shadow sector of unlicensed mining in Indonesia
More than 200 laborers die on an average in coal mine-related explosions across the country every year.
The fatalities reported in Balochistan area point towards abysmal working conditions in coal mines in South Asia, as another serious incident was recently witnessed in the state of Meghalaya in India.
Many miners work in almost inhuman conditions for 16-18 hours a day for merely $10 a week. Nearly 100 coal workers have died this year in accidents