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Down Rio Tinto, down!

Last Thursday, the Rio Tinto Global Union Network took to the streets of Cape Town, supported by hundreds of members from IndustriALL Global Union affiliated mining unions, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU). The demonstrators demanded an end to Rio Tinto’s bad corporate behaviour at its operations around the world.

Rio Tinto face global campaign from unions, objections from environmentalists and communities.

The global union IndustriALL recently launch a global campaign against Rio Tinto. The company has also been opposed by environmental groups at its proposed Bunder diamond project in India. Finally, in Australia a legal challenge from Aboriginal traditional land owners over the land lease for the Gove aluminium refinery has failed, but no doubt the company is in for more headaches as they close the plant.

ACCR lodges resolution with Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper

The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR, a partner of LMN member group ECCR)) has lodged two resolutions for consideration at the AGM of Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper, which until 1989 operated one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world. There is talk of the mine being reopened. It closed as a result of armed conflict over its operation. The resolutions call on BOC, in the interests of a successful reopening, to join a number of ‘good corporate citizenship’ initiatives, remediate environmental damage and ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent before restarting.

Johannesburg’s Golden Legacy Includes Radioactive Dump

Johannesburg sits atop the world’s most productive gold reef -- a staggering 40,000 tons of the precious metal has been mined from it during a history tracing back 130 years. That legacy of riches has left behind a toxic inheritance: radioactivity from uranium hauled up in the mining process. This article mentions London-listed Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti and De Beers.

Goldman puts ‘for sale’ sign on Iran’s old uranium supplier

Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are quietly trying to get out of a business few people know they are even in: trading supplies of raw uranium known as yellowcake. Goldman's largest role in the global trade in uranium comes through a deal with AngloGold Ashanti, which produces almost all of the yellowcake in South Africa, as a side product of gold mining. Between 2010 and 2012, AngloGold Ashanti supplied Goldman's NUFCOR business with an average of almost 600 tonnes a year of the raw fuel.

Rosia Montana, Romania: true transparency is more precious than gold

In co-operation with the Romanian government, Transparency International (TI) recently elaborated a mining bill, whose purpose is to approve the controversial Rosia Montana mine. Canadian company Gabriel Resources is trying to develop a gold mine at the ancient village of Rosia Montana. Gabriel’s Romanian subsidiary has offices in London.

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