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Vote to condemn Rio Tinto as Olympics medals provider

16.06.2012

IndustriALL Global Union calls on affiliates across the globe to cast their votes for Rio Tinto in the Greenwash Gold awards - help us shine a light on why Rio Tinto should be pushed off the Olympics 2012 podium because of the damage it's doing the environment and communities.

 

Affiliates of IndustriALL across the globe are acting to back the United Steelworkers (USW) campaign to push Rio Tinto "Off the Podium".

The metal used for medals at the upcoming London Olympics comes from Rio Tinto's Kennecott Bingham Canyon mine in Utah, USA, and its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Scores of affiliates have already shown their active support for the " Off the Podium" campaign by taking the time to lobby representatives of the International Olympics Committee in their home countries. 

Take another action now to express our collective anger that Rio Tinto can tarnish the London Olympics with their abuse of worker rights and the environment, by casting your vote here.

Help stop the  scandal of Rio Tinto linking their brand to the high ideals of the Olympic games. The multinational has a record of catastrophic pollution, and violation of human rights and public health.

The lockout of 780 workers at the aluminium smelter in Alma, Quebec has particularly angered the international trade union movement, as workers there are being punished for rejecting management attempts to halve salaries and outsource the workforce.

The Kennecott union, USW Local 392, whose members mined the metal for the majority of the 4,700 medals also want the company "Off the Podium" because of the labour violations in Alma. 

Vote now on the London Mining Network's campaign, the Greenwash Gold Awards, and ensure Rio Tinto is properly portrayed as a company not deserving of a relationship with the Olympics.