Avoiding responsibility: the 2017 Lonmin AGM

Avoiding responsibility: the 2017 Lonmin AGM

By Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network On 16 August, 2012, South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine. Lonmin is a British company – successor to Lonrho, which British Conservative Prime Minister...
Media coverage of the 2017 Lonmin AGM

Media coverage of the 2017 Lonmin AGM

There was extensive media coverage of this year’s Lonmin AGM. Check out the following: AfricaNews BBC World Service Church Times Daily Mail Guardian Independent Catholic News Media Diversified Neues Deutschland New Internationalist Reuters Telegraph The Citizen...
Coal and conflict in the UK

Coal and conflict in the UK

by Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network I recently watched two very moving documentaries about the last miners in Britain’s last deep coal mine, Kellingley, which closed a year ago. Their bravery, camaraderie, solidarity and dedication were...
Vedanta's 2016 AGM: evidence, evasion and arguments

Vedanta's 2016 AGM: evidence, evasion and arguments

workers at the Vedanta-controlled Bodai-Daldali bauxite mine in Chhattisgarh, India By Richard Solly, London Mining Network Co-ordinator, with assistance from Richard Harkinson and Rumana Hashem Warning: there follows a pretty exhaustive account of the 2016 Vedanta...
Vedanta: literature, protests and court cases in London

Vedanta: literature, protests and court cases in London

At the end of May, a High Court judge in London allowed 1,826 Zambian villagers to take legal action against mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc through the UK Courts. The villagers allege serious pollution by the company’s subsidiary Koncola Copper Mines (KCM)...
Workers with silicosis win legal victory in South Africa

Workers with silicosis win legal victory in South Africa

In South Africa, the struggle for justice for former gold miners suffering from silicosis has taken a step forward with a landmark judgement on 13 May, which has paved the way for a class-action lawsuit to proceed against 30 gold mining companies named as respondents....