South Africa's first class action silicosis suit could win compensation for hundreds of thousands of miners and widows - and prepare the way for a class action suit against the mining companies, including AngloGold Ashanti, for tuberculosis.
After two months of “unprecedented” strikes in the platinum industry, there is currently no discussion between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and three platinum producers – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin. By all accounts, workers are suffering.
On 31st March 2014, local landowners who are members of the Ejido Carrizalillo in the municipality of Eduardo Neri, Guerrero, Mexico issued a communiqué stating that they will shut down Goldcorp's Los Filos mine following a breakdown in negotiations with the company over their land rental contract. Goldcorp is a Canadian company with British investment. Among Goldcorp’s major investors are British-based AXA Investment Managers UK Ltd., Blackrock Commodities Income Trust plc and City Natural High Yield Trust plc.
After nearly a decade of litigation over environmental devastation in the Philippines caused by Placer Dome’s mining operations (now Barrick Gold Corp.), Barrick has reportedly given the Province of Marinduque a take-it-or-leave-it settlement offer that would prohibit the Province from spending a penny to clean up the damage the company left behind. Barrick is a Canadian company in which there is major British investment.
"This forest is our life. We get everything from it," says 45-year-old Bhajandhari Kushwaha, vowing to fight plans by Mahan Coal Ltd (MCL) - jointly owned by London-listed Essar Energy Plc and the Aditya Birla-owned Hindalco Industries Ltd (HALC.NS) - to mine part of the 1,000-square-km (385-square-mile) woods for coal. "Whatever compensation the company is offering us, we do not want it. We will fight until we die, if that's what it takes."