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Workers forced to relieve themselves in courtyards at Rio Tinto plant says union

Unifor 2301 has released an online petition asking for basic facilities at Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant.

The petition accuses Rio Tinto of creating an atmosphere of disrespect and mistreatment.

Sean O’Driscoll is the President of Unifor Local 2301 which represents workers at the plant.

Some of the complaints he cites are not enough washroom facilities, eating areas free from workplace contaminants, and having drinking water.

O’Driscoll says Rio Tinto’s promises to fix the situation continue to be pushed back.

He says the situation is so bad that workers have been forced to relieve themselves wherever they can.

O’Driscoll says Worksafe BC has been informed of the situation, and he hopes they’ll do a site inspection soon.

But until then, he says the petition is a way to get the public to know what’s happening at the plant.

Rio Tinto has been contacted to respond to the allegations in the petition but has yet to respond.

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  1. This is a very serious matter that many employees and their families are suffering through and the public needs to know. These actions would never be tolerated anywhere else. There has been a post circulating on Facebook from Unifor Local 2301 and it’s content is sad but truthful. I am a wife, sister, niece and friend to many Union employees, and Rio Tinto’s complete disregard for human rights has to stop. There are too many merciless actions taking place; physically, mentally and emotionally, and none of it should be deemed as acceptable. No employee should feel scared or embarrassed to take their concerns to the public, or at the very least, their Union. I recommend every employee and/or their family member experiencing inappropriate behavior from Rio Tinto to review the following: http://www.bchrt.bc.ca

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