Scientists in India and the UK recently joined together to express solidarity with ex-employees and local residents exposed to toxic levels of mercury in Kodaikanal, India. Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) is a subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever and is being held responsible for dumping toxic mercury close to human settlements, polluting the ecosystem and placing workers’ lives in danger.
In a rare gesture, the international scientific community is joining hands to express solidarity with ex-employees and local residents exposed to toxic levels of mercury in Kodaikanal — the princess of hill stations — where Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) allegedly committed the unpardonable sin of dumping toxic mercury close to human settlements that threaten the lives of hundreds of people and virtually turns Kodai into the ‘Bhopal of Tamil Nadu’.
The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, which owns 67 per cent stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), still lives in denial about allegations of mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal. Replying to questions raised by campaigners in the United Kingdom for justice in Kodaikanal durig the recent annual general body meeting held in Leatherhead, UK, on April 30, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said it was a long-term issue and that they wanted to resolve it.
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Every day Daisy Varghese is haunted by the thought that her former job in a factory may have killed her six-year-old son.
Between 1996 and 1999, Varghese, now 35, was a contractor at a mercury thermometer factory run by what is now Hindustan Unilever — a company majority-owned by Unilever, the FTSE 100 consumer goods giant.
She worked in a section close to the factory’s toxic “mercury” area, and claims she was given a coat but no cap, facemask or gloves.
Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer factory in Kodaikanal was closed down in 2001 but its former workers and local residents continue to suffer the deadly effects of mercury poisoning. Nisha Ponthathil reports “Unilever is a unique company with a proud history and a bright future. We have ambitious plans for sustainable growth and an intense sense of […]
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Employees from Hindustan Unilever Limited’s two factories in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli were in Mumbai to protest outside the company’s headquarters at Chakala, Andheri (E). Over 500 employees, working at the company’s Dapada and Amli plants, along with their families, were a part of the demonstration held on Friday. Stanley CC, […]
More than 450 workers and their families staged demonstrations outside Hindustan Unilever headquarters in Mumbai on Friday. This protest is called by Hindustan Unilever Employees Federation. The workers are from the Amli and Dapada factories. The workers are protesting on a whole host of issues including low wages. They claim that the wages received by […]
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The country’s largest FMCG company Hindustan Unilever’s headquarters in Mumbai witnessed employee protests in huge numbers this morning. Around 450-500 workers from factories are protesting are protesting a whole host of issues with their families including low wages and demanding the right to unionize. They claim that the wages received by them are not on […]
MUMBAI: Workers of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) from two factories Dapada Factory and Amli Factory situated in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are demonstrating today for their higher wages and other fundamental rights at HUL head office at D.B., Sawant marg, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai. “Workers of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) from […]
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LONDON: A UK-based campaign group raised questions over Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever’s activities in India during its annual general meeting here yesterday. Protesters from the UK Campaign for Justice in Kodaikanal challenged the company’s executive board over allegations of poisoning in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu where a mercury thermometer factory run by the company’s […]