Steelworkers Outraged by Lack of Ethics in London Olympics
LONDON, U.K., June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - International outrage is growing
over Rio Tinto's involvement in the London Olympics following the
shocking revelation the mining giant has been allowed to "slip through"
auditing and certification requirements.
Rio Tinto is the only Olympic supplier that was able to start production without having an audit in
place, the watchdog Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 says. Rio
Tinto is supplying the metal from which the Olympic medals are cast.
"It is shocking that Rio Tinto was not audited by the London Organising
Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), despite numerous
red flags," said Ken Neumann, Canadian Director of the United
Steelworkers (USW) union.
"For years, credible organizations have reported environmental damage
and human rights violations by Rio Tinto in its operations around the
world," Neumann noted.
"Rio Tinto's Olympic presence and the lack of an audit clearly undermine
the legitimacy of the process adopted by LOCOG and the intent to make
the London Games the most sustainable ever."
USW filed its own formal complaint against Rio Tinto with LOCOG, which
was denied. The complaint cited a lockout of 780 USW members by Rio
Tinto in Alma, Quebec, as a violation of the Ethical Trading
USW members in Utah who produced the metal for the Olympic medals have
also called for Rio Tinto to be thrown off the Olympic podium.
Twenty-five trade unions throughout the world have contacted their
national Olympic committees protesting Rio Tinto's involvement and
requesting the company's removal from the Games.
The USW is escalating its Off The Podium campaign and has been joined by
IndustriALL, a global union federation whose affiliates represent 50
million workers throughout the world.
For more information on the campaign to take Rio Tinto off the Olympic
podium, see www.offthepodium.org.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-434-7907, email@example.com
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org