Having reached its target of 5000 signatures in less than a week, a petition hosted by online campaigning platform Jhatkaa.org urging Unilever to settle the company’s mercury-related liabilities in Kodaikanal got a major boost today with the launch of a music video titled “Kodaikanal won’t. . .” Written by Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf and set to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” this song is being used by social activists to expose Unilever’s claims to responsibility as hypocritical.
Marking the 14th anniversary of the closure of Unilever’s polluting mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, several hundred Chennaiites sent heart shaped e-petitions to Unilever CEO Mr. Paul Polman. The heart-shaped message read: “Have a Heart, Mr. Polman. Clean up Kodi; Compensate workers.” As one set of young volunteers educated visitors to the busy Besant Nagar […]
To: Paul Polman CEO, Unilever Plc United Kingdom Dear Mr. Polman: You have been very vocal about the role of business in sustainable development. A recent article in The Telegraph quotes you as having said: “Profit is not a purpose. It’s an end product… People assume that if you do something good, it must cost […]
Dear Paul Polman, Is the mercury contamination in Kodaikanal an example of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Strategy? Image Source: http://annachromy.com/ Show your solidarity with the ex-workers of Unilever’s thermometer factory in Kodaikanal and their families as they continue their two decade old battle for justice. Send a message to Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever to show accountability […]
Residents of Durban who are part of the voluntary action group Groundwork today staged a peace picket at Unilever’s office in Newlands East, Durban, as part of the Global Day of Action Against Unilever. The solidarity workers also distributed pamphlets about Kodaikanal to Unilever workers. Megan Lewis of Groundwork says: “We managed to get the […]
Action alert: On the 6th of March 2015, stand up with the people of Kodaikanal in their fight for justice against a giant corporation – Appeal from ex-workers and residents We, the residents of Kodaikanal, India, invite you to join us in solidarity by taking action to highlight Unilever’s labour, environmental and social practices that […]
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 […]
The employees union of FMCG major Hindustan Unilever has hit out at the management. The union claims to have been victimized and discriminated against and is set to protest today, Priya Sheth shares a detailed report on the employees’ grievances.
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 […]
Activists demand clean up of mercury. Chairman denies people were affected. Activists want long term medical monitoring.