Among the issues raised by miners were layoffs, safety problems, and unequal pay and conditions among workers, with native Papua New Guineas at the bottom.
Armed police were flown in to protect the mine on the third day of the strike. The miners returned to work on September 7 after the companys chief executive agreed to discuss their demands. During the strike workers formed the Lihir Gold Allied Workers Union.
Construction workers in Canada
protest antiunion laws
VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaChanting Rights, right now! and Change the law! more than 400 Alberta construction workers and representatives from dozens of other unions marched on the Alberta provincial legislature September 13 to protest laws aimed at preventing construction strikes.
In Alberta, if three-quarters of construction unions reach contract settlements, the other unions lose their right to strike. Because 19 of 25 construction unions have settled, strikes by any of the remaining unions have been declared illegal. These include 4,000 carpenterswho had voted 97 percent to strikepipefitters, laborers, and plumbers.
Workers at protest actions explained that Albertas labor laws pit union against union. Enough unions, they explained, get offered more money than others to ensure the 75 percent threshold is always met. Its all about divide and conquer, said pipefitter Michael Dunn.
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