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.
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.
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.