As if you needed another reason to be against the proposed Pebble Mine, Rio Tinto, the multinational corporate giant with the most experience and partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, just had 4 employees convicted in China for accepting bribes and stealing secrets. The New York Times wrote all about it:
China Sentences Rio Tinto Employees in Bribe Case
SHANGHAI — Four employees of the British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, including an Australian citizen, were found guilty Monday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and stealing commercial secrets.
They were given sentences of 7 years to 14 years in prison, and were later dismissed by their employer.
Rio Tinto, which until Monday had defended its employees, said court evidence showing that in recent years the employees had accepted about $13.5 million in bribes was “beyond doubt.” Stern Hu, the Australian citizen who served as Rio Tinto’s general manager in Shanghai, was sentenced to seven years in prison for bribery and five years for stealing business secrets.
Although the court reduced his sentence to 10 years in prison, it is still one of the stiffest sentences ever handed down against a high-ranking executive working for a multinational company here.
AND…Rio Tinto hates organized labor. Union workers have been locked out of their jobs for two months by Rio Tinto in California. Democracy Now! reported on this late last week:
Labor Struggle in Boron: Union Workers in CA Town Locked Out by Mining Giant Rio Tinto After Stalled Contract Talks
The California mining town of Boron is the site of the second-largest borax mine in the world. A labor struggle is unfolding between some 600 workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 30 and the Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto. Workers at the mine have been locked out of their workplace for nearly two months after contract negotiations with Rio Tinto hit a stalemate.