Rio Tinto faces big new union push at its iron ore mines

Two powerful Australian unions have joined forces to try to take on Rio Tinto Ltd at its iron ore mines, where workers have not had union representation for around two decades, the two unions said on Monday.

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) confirmed a media report that they have put aside years of conflict and decided to launch a campaign to attract workers at the world no.2 iron ore miner’s Western Australian mines.