Sorry dude - guilt by association doesn't work... My President lied and (probably) stole - does that make every comany in the US a thief and a liar? I've been to both Burma and Afghanistan (have you???) and the guilt by association doesn't mean crap. Using your NPR math - Unocal in Afghanistan + women being oppressed in Afghanistan = Unocal oppressing women all over the world (according to Mrs. Jay Leno who didn't realize that Unocal was already out of Afghanistan and never even had an office there...) Same crud applied in Burma - slave labor probably was used by the government - but WHERE'S THE PROOF that UCL used slave labor??? My country's government killed citizens in Waco, is about to send a boy back to a communist country to live in an oppressed society, and my country's president sexually abused a woman with a cigar - must be the fault of Microsoft, McDonalds and GM...
Abused a woman with a cigar? I once knew a woman who smoked cigars - yes, she was abusive. Also, she had so much underarm hair, I thought she had Don King in a head-lock. Anyway, quick de-focusing has nothing to do with the issue at hand.
I have been to Myannmar ( Burma ) a few times when I was with Unocal. ( Recently Redeployed -I guess I was no longer of value to the strange Company - now working for an Oil Service Company with better working conditions, but thats another story)
Unocal does not used slave labor - well, defacto they do, because they pay the employees nothing, if they do not work, then the Gov't troops/police will make them work. ( They have got schedules you know ) If they still don't, they disappear and you never see them again. ( I guess they just send them home - yea right )
Like all companies, they will use all the countries good benefits ( Cheap - some what forced labor ) to make a buck. Yes, they do that in all the countries they work in, Myannmar is no different.
Good Ole Roger, Ling, Willamson and the other idiots that run ( badly ) this company know and laugh at these circumstances.
The companies ethic's, well, they will use employees out of Singapore, India, and Jakarta (British/Aussy/French)employees to run these employees because most americans will come over here an say this is not right. These TCN's ( Third county nationals ) will work for high dollars in this shitty system, keep there mouths shut and get the job done and smile all the way to the bank, and use the shit hole that Unocal puts on them, and never try to improve the lives of the nationals.
They would have to wipe out the whole population of Burma to come close to China's human rights record. World companies are breaking thier necks to do bussiness with the commies. We should start with China ,the worst offender, doing bussiness with the most companies.
I heard a joke a few years back. It seems the CEO's of UNOCAL and ARCO decided to have a boat race. ARCO showed up with an 8 man team, 7 rowers and 0ne caller. UNOCAL showed up with 7 callers and One rower. When UNOCAL lost the CEO fired the rower!! Unocal claims that refining was always a loosing game, so it sold off the Cal. assets. Tosco has had 3 fires and still makes money. Like alot of companies Unocal is moving out of the over-regulated US to third world countries. Good luck to us all.