This video says about itself:
Massive train full of iron ore through Millstream National Park, Pilbara, Western Australia, near Karratha.
By Terry Cook:
Australia: Rio Tinto hints at a new round of government-backed strike breaking
16 October 2008
Mining giant Rio Tinto’s iron ore chief executive, Sam Walsh, last week raised the spectre of federal government-backed strikebreaking against train drivers campaigning for a union collective work agreement in the resource-rich Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).
In the first strike at the company’s iron ore operations in 16 years, the drivers walked off the job for 24 hours on October 11 in support of a pay rise of 4.9 percent. They are also seeking extra payments for drivers displaced by the proposed automation of some trains. The drivers voted for an ongoing campaign of rolling strikes of 4, 12 and 24 hours duration.
The drivers, members of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), were previously covered by non-union individual work contracts, which expired this year. The Rudd government has abolished the previous Coalition government’s workplace agreements but has provided companies with a range of options for imposing individual and collective contracts. Rio Tinto management is pressuring the workers to accept a collective deal on the company’s terms and refused in August to negotiate with the CFMEU.
A protest was held outside Rio Tinto’s Melbourne offices on March 13 to launch a campaign against multinationals investing in Colombia. Rio Tinto has several exploration projects in Colombia and it plans to start mining next year: here.
Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto abandoned its controversial deal with the Aluminium Corporation of China involving a $US19.5 billion investment. The outcome is a significant blow to Beijing’s plans to establish a stable supply of minerals: here.