Iceland - Rio Tinto undermines right to strike - March 31, 2016

A labour dispute at a Rio Tinto aluminium smelter has escalated. The management has proposed that contractors be denied the right to strike. The company is also proposing to expand the use of lower paid contractors at the site. Rio Tinto’s drive to increase the use of precarious labour and inflexibility in prolonged negotiations provoked workers that load the aluminium onto ships for export to begin an indefinite strike. The company has replaced the strikers with local management and management from France. Rio Tinto imported two more strike breakers from France. Both have a long history as Rio Tinto human resource managers and a reputation as being inflexible in labour negotiations.


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