ACTION ALERT – Today and tomorrow locked-out USW members, their families and supporters will be attending demonstrations in Alma and Quebec City. Join the rallies online and demand that the International Olympic Committee end its relationship with Rio Tinto.
Mining giant Rio Tinto is the official Olympic supplier of the metal used to make the 2012 Olympic medals – yet it locked out 780 Steelworkers who are standing up against the company’s aggressive contracting-out demands at a highly profitable aluminum smelter in Alma, Quebec.
Rio Tinto wants to eliminate decent jobs in Alma by replacing retiring unionized workers with precariously employed, non-union contract workers earning half the wages and no pension.
In Alma, as in so many other places around the world, Rio Tinto’s behaviour fails to live up to the Olympic principle of fair play and to the London Games’ commitment to sustainability.
Canada is hosting the International Olympic Committee from May 23-25. Let’s deliver the message loud and clear: Drop Rio Tinto and its tarnished Olympic medals!
Join the LabourStart campaign and stand with the locked-out workers by sending a protest message to the IOC.