RIO TINTO OFF THE PODIUM:
Over in London England the international mining company Rio Tinto has been awarded the position of the metals necessary to make the award medals. Yet back here in Canada workers at Rio Tinto's aluminum smelter in Alma Québec have been locked out for months. Rio Tinto wants to replace union members with unorganized temporary workers who are to be paid 50% less and will have no pension. The 780 locked out workers have been on the picket line for far too long.
The United Steel Workers Canada and the labour solidarity site Labour Start have initiated a compaign to demand that the International Olympic Committee drop Rio Tinto as being incompatible with Olympic ideals. The IOC will be meeting in Canada next week. Please go to this link to sign the petition to the IOC.