Complaint filed by global union group under OECD Guidelines against BHP and Vale about Samarco dam burst

Author: Valentina Ruiz Leotaud, Mining.com, Published on: 9 April 2018

"Labour groups file OECD complaint against BHP and Vale over dam-burst disaster" 26 March 2018

Geneva-based IndustriALL, a global union federation that says it represents more than 50 million workers in 140 countries, joined forces with Building and Wood Workers’ International to file a complaint against BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) and Vale (NYSE:VALE) under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises...

The document was filed before the OECD National Contact Points in Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom on March 26, 2018.

The indictment is related to the consequences of the collapse of the Fundão Dam in the Brazilian state Minas Gerais on November 5, 2015...

According to the labour organizations, the companies are in violation of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises because they have failed to: 1) provide adequate remedy and establish a legitimate remediation process that involves affected communities and workers; 2) respect trade unions rights; 3) ensure adequate health and safety standards including respect for laws on working time; 4) conduct due diligence involving stakeholders, including trade unions...

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Related companies: BHP Billiton Samarco (joint venture BHP Billiton and Vale) Vale