Rally Against RIOTINTO in Sydney 20 May 2010

CHINA IS CRACKING DOWN ON
PRIVATE SECTOR CORPORATE
GREED AND CORRUPTION!
IT’S TIME THAT HAPPENS HERE!
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Rio Tinto’s obscenely rich bosses are notorious for attacking trade unions, trampling on Aboriginal rights and plundering the wealth of peoples in the “Third World.” And they are used to getting away with it! However, since the Peoples of Republic of China (PRC) jailed four Rio Tinto executives for bribery and stealing information from the PRC’s public sector, Australia’s corporate high fliers and their parliamentary servants are in a bit of a spin. Why? Because someone has finally stood up to Rio’s bosses. For our part, let’s use China’s robust prosecution of the Rio bosses to publicise the nasty methods used by big business owners in their drive to exploit more and more wealth from the toiling masses. Now that we have seen that a serious force is willing to take on Rio’s bigwigs, let’s take up the offensive here against the anti-worker attacks and unrestrained greed of all the big corporate bullies.
STOP RIO TINTO’S
PLUNDERING & UNION BUSTING

RALLY AT 5PM,
Thursday May 20
Outside Rio Tinto’s Sydney Office,
19-29 Martin Place
(Cnr Castlereagh Street, same building as the US Consulate)
SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
-JOANNE DATERANSI, PRESIDENT OF THE MEKAMUI/BOUGAINVILLE INDIGENOUS WOMEN LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION
- DENIS DOHERTY, NATIONAL ORGANISER, COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
- YURI GROMOV, EDITOR, TROTSKYIST PLATFORM
For information call 0417 204 611
When in the 1960s Aboriginal people in the Cape York objected to a Rio Tinto subsidiary’s failure to offer decent compensation for building a bauxite mine on their land, Rio worked with the Queensland cops to have the entire Aboriginal community of Mapoon arrested and their whole town burnt down. In the late 1980s when the people of the PNG island of Bougainville rose up to resist the way that the Australian arm of Rio (then called CRA) was operating its huge Panguna copper mine without any regard to the local people, the PNG government and its masters in Canberra waged a brutal war and blockade against the Bougainville people. As a result 15,000 Bougainvilleans perished – all for the sake of Rio’s profits. Then in the 1990s Rio Tinto used intimidation, spied on union activists and bribed workers to leave unions so as to drive out trade union influence from iron ore mines and other mining sectors in Australia. They are still at it today! Rio has been arrogantly resisting calls to negotiate a union collective agreement with ore train drivers in the Pilbara. Meanwhile, on January 31, Rio Tinto locked out 560 U.S. miners in Boron, California who had refused to accept a new contract that would casualise the workforce, impose involuntary overtime etc. Rio brought in scabs protected by armed private security guards and government riot cops. Rio bosses are used to having state forces enforce their will. So they got an awful shock when four of their multi- millionaire executives were arrested for corruption and plunder of public property in the PRC (China). You see, in the PRC, the state is not run for the sake of the Rio Tinto bigwigs and their mates. Australia’s pro-capitalist politicians have made out that the jailing of the Rio high fliers was simply about a commercial dispute between Rio and Chinese steel corporations. However, while Rio is dominated by rich owners, China’s steel companies, like all its biggest corporations, are socialistic state-owned enterprises that belong to all of its people. When Rio bosses rip off such companies they are stealing from 1.3 billion people! In contrast, when Rio makes a grotesque profit then that brings little benefit to its workers. Take the year 2008, for instance. Despite paying themselves lavish executive salaries and over $2.6 billion to shareholders for the year’s
dividends, Rio bosses announced in December 2008 that the company would slash its workforce by 14,000. The mainstream media here have tried to portray the Rio Tinto prosecutions as a case of China picking on foreign companies. Yet the PRC is in the midst of a wave of arrests of local corporate figures and high-ranking officials and politicians for plundering public assets. Soon after the Rio Tinto executives were formally indicted in February, China’s (now ex-) richest man Huang Guangyu was also charged with serious economic crimes. Meanwhile, thousands of notoriously unsafe privately-owned coal mines have been forcibly nationalised leading to significant reductions in workplace deaths. Moves to shore up publicly-owned property in China should be welcomed by Australian working class people. Furthermore, the Shanghai convictions have added significance here. For they not only publicise the devious methods of Rio’s bosses but they also prove that these powerful capitalists are not invincible. Encouraged by this, here are some things that we should be fighting for and proclaiming here:
  • Open all of Rio Tinto’s books and those of other corporate giants to inspection by unions – Expose all
  • corruption, hiring of anti-union outfits and bribery of community leaders. Down with the Fair Work Act
  • restrictions on union rights to inspection of company documents!
  • Force Rio Tinto to accept union agreements with workers in all key sites.
  • Smash Rio Tinto’s union-busting actions in Boron, California! Victory to the Boron mine workers!
  • Ban any company that can pay any of its executives or owners more than $300,000 in annual renumeration
  • or dividends from laying off any workers.
  • Stop Rio Tinto, BHP, Xstrata etc from trampling on Aboriginal land rights.
  • For Rio Tinto to pay out the compensation demanded by Bougainville people in a current U.S. court case for
  • Rio’s crimes against humanity and racial discrimination in connection with the Panguna mine.
  • Extradite to China the Australian-based Rio bosses whose office was proven to be responsible both for
  • receiving the secrets stolen by Stern Hu and for further encouraging his corrupt activities.
  • Thank you Peoples Republic for standing up to the Rio Tinto corporate thugs. But go further – Expose more
  • fully the role of Australian-based Rio Tinto executives in the corruption!

CHINA IS CRACKING DOWN ONPRIVATE SECTOR CORPORATEGREED AND CORRUPTION!IT’S TIME THAT HAPPENS HERE!  Rio Tinto’s obscenely rich bosses are notorious for attacking trade unions, trampling on Aboriginal rights and plundering the wealth of peoples in the “Third World.” And they are used to getting away with it! However, since the Peoples of Republic of China (PRC) jailed four Rio Tinto executives for bribery and stealing information from the PRC’s public sector, Australia’s corporate high fliers and their parliamentary servants are in a bit of a spin. Why? Because someone has finally stood up to Rio’s bosses. For our part, let’s use China’s robust prosecution of the Rio bosses to publicise the nasty methods used by bigbusiness owners in their drive to exploit more and more wealth from the toiling masses.  Now that we have seen that a serious force is willing to take on Rio’s bigwigs, let’s take up the offensive here against the anti-worker attacks and unrestrained greed of all the big corporate bullies.

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