IMF Events Commemorate Lethal Mine Blast

The International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and three other Global Union Federations are holding “Global Days of Action” in defense of trade union rights in Mexico.

The campaign will be held from February 14-19, 2011, to mark the five-year anniversary of Grupo Mexico’s Pasta de Conchos coal mine explosion which took the lives of 65 coal miners in 2006. Years later, the bodies of 63 of the 65 miners remain buried and the Mexican government has failed to investigate or prosecute those responsible. Their widows and families have never been properly compensated. And since the explosion, the Mexican government has escalated its illegal and violent attacks on independent trade unions, and has systematically and repeatedly violated Mexican law and international labor standards.

Many IMF affiliates are taking part in this important week, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the U.S.

 

For more information on the campaign, including posters, flyers and fact sheets, click here.