Mining workers struggles
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020
The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.
By Arun Kumar, 3 July 2020
Facing an economic crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic and the ruling elite’s selfish class response, the Modi government is pushing through a “quantum jump” in pro-investor “reforms.”
By Bartosz Wyspianski and Martin Nowak, 16 June 2020
Nearly every day, almost half of the new infections in Poland can be found in Silesia.
By Terry Cook, 4 June 2020
The coronial inquest into the Grasstree Mine workers’ death in 2014 is a damning indictment of Anglo American safety standards.
By Terry Cook, 11 May 2020
Local authorities in mining regions have warned that the continued operations of the sector threaten outbreaks of COVID-19.
By Terry Cook, 9 May 2020
Four miners are fighting for life and another sustained serious injuries in a gas explosion at an Anglo American mine in central Queensland.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 April 2020
Those with pneumoconiosis face almost certain death if COVID-19 continues to spread through the Appalachian mining region.
By Terry Cook, 29 January 2020
If the miners’ death is confirmed, it will be the fifth mining fatality in western Tasmania in just six years.
By Douglas Lyons, 22 January 2020
The miners had not been paid since December 27 and were owed between $2,000 and $3,000 each.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2020
Following the pattern of Blackjewel, Perry County Coal Company has refused to give miners their final paycheck and money for unused vacation days.
“They treat us like cavemen. They don’t care if we live or die.”
By Evan Blake and Jerry White, 30 December 2019
On strike for 11 weeks against Asarco LLC, the miners have shown great determination in the face of a virtual blackout by the mainstream media and pro-corporate unions.
By Jerry White, 20 December 2019
As the strike by nearly 2,000 copper miners enters the third month everything depends on workers breaking the isolation of the struggle by the United Steelworkers and other unions.
By Robert Campion, 12 December 2019
The dangerous conditions are a result of the gutting of safety measures and the wholesale destruction of full-time employment throughout the sector.
By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019
The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.
By Jessica Goldstein, 25 October 2019
The unions are attempting to put maximum pressure on workers by providing totally inadequate strike pay and other support, forcing many to seek public assistance.
By Jessica Goldstein, 22 October 2019
The United Steelworkers is colluding along with other unions and the company to wear down the resolve of the workers on strike against Asarco through isolation and poverty.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 October 2019
Mineworkers at Asarco have immense support from their brothers and sisters in the working class who are willing to fight with them, but the United Steelworkers, Teamsters and other unions are determined to keep them isolated.
By Samuel Davidson and Jessica Goldstein, 15 October 2019
The strike by Asarco copper miners in the US is part of a growing movement that includes miners and key sections of transport, service and industrial workers across the globe.
By Jason Wardle, 24 September 2019
Dangerous working conditions and lax safety regulations in the Northern Territory has led to workplace fatalities being three times higher than the Australian national average.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 September 2019
Tanner Lee, who leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son, is the latest victim of the gutting of mine safety regulations in the drive for production and profits.
By Samuel Davidson, 2 September 2019
Tanner Lee McFarland was killed Thursday evening when part of the wall and roof in the area of the mine he was working collapsed, crushing him under tons of coal and rock.
By Samuel Davidson, 23 August 2019
Miners blocking shipments of coal from a bankrupt mine have the backing of other workers and residents in eastern Kentucky
“It’s not just miners, but all blue-collar workers, like the teachers, who have been mistreated too”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2019
Two miners who have played a prominent role in the blockade of the coal train in Cumberland, Kentucky, spoke to the WSWS about their struggle to obtain back pay from the bankrupt coal company.
By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2019
The determined resistance of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, has demonstrated once again that the dividing line in America is class, not race or ethnicity.
By Samuel Davidson, 3 August 2019
Out-of-work coal miners are now in their sixth day of blocking railroad tracks, preventing the bankrupt Blackjewel LLC from moving coal out of the Harlan County, Kentucky, mine where they worked.
By Patrick Davies, 30 July 2019
The tragedies are a result of the gutting of full-time jobs and the erosion of working conditions, enforced by the trade unions.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 July 2019
After weeks without work or pay from the bankrupt company, miners blocked the removal of coal from an idled Blackjewel mine in Harlan County, Kentucky.
By Zachary Thorton, 23 July 2019
Another coal giant has declared bankruptcy, leaving devastation in its wake as hundreds of workers are out of work and owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
By Terry Cook, 26 April 2019
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal action against workers involved in a short work-stoppage last year.
By Naomi Spencer, 14 March 2019
Adam DeBoard, 38, died of head injuries after falling from a highwall at a Greenbrier County, West Virginia surface mine last week.
“Everyone in the mine is very mad and concerned”
By Samuel Davidson, 25 February 2019
Despite record levels of production at Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania Mining Complex the company has not rehired miners assigned to rock dust crews who were recently laid off.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2019
The explosion was at a mine owned by the Gupta brothers, who have close ties to former ANC leader and South African President Zuma.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 January 2019
Labor and the unions, which have spearheaded the destruction of full-time jobs, are cynically exploiting the stoppage to posture as opponents of growing casualisation.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 December 2018
The tragedy unfolded just a few miles from the scene of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners lost their lives in a massive explosion.
By Evan Cohen, 31 October 2018
The death of the 42-year-old miner was one of several fatalities in October in metal and non-metal mines across the US.
By Tom Hall, 23 July 2018
Decades after the deadly disease was nearly eradicated, more than one in five veteran coal miners now suffer from black lung disease.
By Eddie Haywood, 14 May 2018
The May 3 incident comes amid an overall rise in fatal mining accidents across the country in recent years.
Book traces history of West Virginia miners’ struggles
2 March 2018
West Virginia teachers and their supporters will find in this work an important resource for gaining insight into the broader issues they face.
By Terry Cook, 26 February 2018
As the union isolates the Oaky North workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a protest picket near the Queensland mine.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 February 2018
The closure of the 4 West Mine in southwestern Pennsylvania will be another blow to workers in the area, which already suffers from high unemployment and poverty.
By Clement Daly, 12 January 2018
The surge in mining deaths reflects the deterioration of working conditions in the US coal industry.
By Terry Cook, 20 October 2017
The giant company is seeking to force through an enterprise agreement that slashes pay and working conditions.
By Keisha Gibbs, 6 September 2017
The Trump administration has ordered an abrupt halt to a study into potential public health hazards in areas near surface coal mining operations in Central Appalachia.
By Terry Cook, 15 July 2017
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has restricted the Glencore workers to token stoppages.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 July 2017
The deaths of two coal miners last month put 2017 on track to reach fatality figures not seen since the relative boom period of 2011-13.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 13 June 2017
After weeks of posturing, the Queensland cabinet provided a lucrative royalties handout to Adani.
By Jerry White, 6 June 2017
Stripped of the demagogy and lies, the line of the Trump administration amounts to the proposition that miners must place their full trust and confidence in the benevolence of the coal bosses.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 June 2017
Queensland authorities failed to look for, or properly identify, coal miners’ pneumoconiosis for more than 30 years.
By Naomi Spencer, 22 May 2017
A West Virginia coal miner was killed May 18, bringing to seven the number of fatal coal mine accidents in the US this year.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 May 2017
Don Blankenship is free after one-year in prison over the deaths of 29 coal miners in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 May 2017
The extension of medical coverage for 22,600 retired miners for another 20 months is being considered, but such a package would likely exclude pensions.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 April 2017
Two accidents in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky coal mines bring to five the total number of US coal miners killed this year.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 March 2017
On March 1, the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds sent a letter to 22,600 retirees and widows informing them their retiree benefits would be cut off.
By Clement Daly, 18 March 2017
Jason Kenneth Matthews was killed at the Bishop Preparation Plant, owned by Jim Justice, West Virginia’s governor and richest man.
“If a miner comes between a coal operator and a dollar, they’ll always take the dollar”
By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2017
Thousands of retired coal miners and surviving widows have been sent letters notifying them that their health benefits will be cut off April 30 when funding for 22,600 recipients runs out.
By Clement Daly, 7 February 2017
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who oversaw the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 West Virginia miners were killed in 2010, failed to overturn his conviction
By Naomi Spencer, 31 January 2017
Ray Hatfield, a Kentucky coal miner, was killed January 26 while working alone in a Pike County pit.
By Matt Rigel and Marcus Day, 27 January 2017
In the first US mining fatality of 2017, a truck operator died after a partial collapse at Linwood Mining and Mineral in eastern Iowa.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2017
The ruling was one of a series of interventions by the Fair Work Commission into industrial disputes that underscore its role as an apparatus of the corporate elite.
By Clement Daly, 19 December 2016
New reports have revealed a spike in the deadliest forms of the respiratory disease, which miners contract by inhaling coal dust.
By Jerry White, 13 December 2016
More than 120,000 retired coal miners are threatened with the cutoff of health and pension benefits over the next several months as the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund runs out of money.
By Terry Cook, 8 December 2016
A Fair Work Commission ruling, allowing Anglo American to dismiss workers involved in “protected” strike action, sets a dangerous precedent.
By Clement Daly, 7 December 2016
The growing insolvency of the various UMWA health and retirement funds is rooted in the continuing global economic crisis and the resulting collapse of commodities prices.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 November 2016
Thousands of miners could be afflicted by the deadly disease as a result of the erosion of safety standards by the major companies, with government and union complicity.
By Terry Cook, 3 October 2016
The union continues to isolate a dispute by 140 mine workers at Anglo American’s German Creek coal mine even as the company moves to recruit strike-breakers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2016
The company’s move is part of a broader offensive against the jobs and working conditions of workers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 August 2016
Reports of cases pre-date the official rediscovery of the disease in Queensland last year.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 August 2016
A coal miner died August 4 from burns sustained after a spark from his welder caused a massive ignition of the shaft on July 29.
By Clement Daly, 26 April 2016
Amidst the deepening global economic crisis, the world’s largest coal company declared bankruptcy, threatening the living standards and working conditions of its 7,100 global workforce.
By Richard Phillips, 11 April 2016
Increased workloads, inadequate mine ventilation and low dust-testing standards have produced a sudden jump in the number of coal miners suffering from black lung.
By Clement Daly, 7 April 2016
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced yesterday to one year in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiring to willfully violate federal mine health and safety laws.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 April 2016
The fatality, the fourth in the US this year, comes as the state legislature considers scrapping coal mine safety laws.
By Clement Daly, 22 March 2016
In a string of bankruptcies, the courts are being used to attack the wages, pensions, health care and working conditions of miners—gains realized through decades of struggle.
By a reporter, 30 January 2016
The South African mines minister has warned that 32,000 jobs could be lost in the industry as a result of the fall in commodity prices.
By Naomi Spencer, 23 January 2016
Each week brings announcements of hundreds of layoffs in coal, rail or other industries across the state.
By Naomi Spencer, 22 January 2016
Three coal miners have died in separate accidents 19 days into the new year, the highest number to occur in such a period since 2006.
By Clement Daly, 4 December 2015
Blankenship was found guilty of only one misdemeanor count of conspiring to willfully violate federal mine health and safety laws but acquitted of more serious felony charges.
By Clement Daly, 25 November 2015
Blankenship was at the head of Massey when an explosion ripped through the company’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia on April 5, 2010, killing 29 miners.
By Clement Daly, 20 November 2015
Federal prosecutors rested their case against Don Blankenship on Monday and defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses.
By Jeff Lusanne, 29 October 2015
In response to plummeting coal production, two major railroads have suspended operations over century-old routes and laid off hundreds of workers in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 October 2015
As the coal industry has hemorrhaged jobs, state and local social services have been slashed and inequality has soared.
By Clement Daly, 16 October 2015
Twenty-nine miners died in the April 5, 2010 explosion, the worst coal mine disaster in nearly four decades.
By Clement Daly, 5 October 2015
Massey boss Don Blankenship is not being charged with murder in the deaths of 29 coal miners, but faces three criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and making false statements.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 September 2015
Years of working in the coal fields produce an array of health problems, from back and spine injury to black lung.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 July 2015
The state has the highest unemployment and lowest workforce participation rates in the country, figures exacerbated by mass layoffs in coal, rail and other key industries.
By G. T. Maqhubela, 29 June 2015
For three months, President Jacob Zuma delayed releasing the Farlam Commission’s report into the murders of dozens of striking mineworkers in August 2012.
By Clement Daly, 26 March 2015
It is nearly five years since the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch killed 29 West Virginia miners in the worst US mine disaster in nearly four decades.
By Evan Blake, 10 March 2015
The McElroy Mine, owned by the Murray Energy Corporation, has already received 189 citations from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration so far this year.
A warning to US oil workers on South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 March 2015
Last month’s tour of Houston picket lines by officials from South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers underscored the anti-working class character of the United Steelworkers.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 3 March 2015
South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced the measures in his first full budget speech since taking office last year.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 2 March 2015
The Spy Cables describe Johannesburg as the “El Dorado of espionage.”
By Clement Daly, 13 January 2015
The wave of mine closures and layoffs in the US coal industry continued throughout the second half of 2014.
By Clement Daly, 19 December 2014
Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year.
By Clement Daly, 28 November 2014
The United Mine Workers of America is working with Patriot Coal and the courts to suppress the opposition of miners, which erupted in a strike last month over unsafe conditions.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014
Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry.
By Clement Daly, 19 November 2014
Nearly $70 million in delinquent fines are owed by 2,700 mining companies throughout the US.
By Terry Cook, 10 November 2014
Amid the collapse of the mining boom, safety is being further eroded in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 November 2014
An acrimonious strike has crippled the South African Post Office for 12 weeks.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 October 2014
Militant strikes by workers have earned South Africa the pejorative title of “protest capital of the world.”
By Naomi Spencer, 22 October 2014
The death at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine was the 13th US coal mining fatality this year