Posted by: shannynmoore | March 30, 2010

Convicted Liars and Thieves Want a Piece of Pebble

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

By DAVID BARBOZA Published: March 29, 2010

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.


Responses

  1. accepting brides?

    This is what Union-Busters are up to these days? Where does it stop?

  2. Would these be ‘mail-order’ brides? Really?

  3. We must keep up the fight against Pebble.

  4. When i read about that at first i was like we are screwed if they did something wrong in China. Appears to me that you could get away with just about anything in China. They must have screwedup bad. Now here , this looks like the end of Bristol bay. Unless our fight is better than theirs. Im in.

    • I can’t decide if I’m more shocked that bribery is illegal in China or that some supposedly respected former Alaskan legislators have been rubbing elbows with this corrupt outfit.


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