For 15 long years, 600 workers and their families had been waging a battle with Hindustan Unilever over the mercury poisoning from the thermometer factory (now closed) in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Unilever finally agreed to an undisclosed settlement. Workers had said, the company had kept them in the dark about the health hazards lurking in the factory. Now begins the second phase, where the local community is demanding that the site be cleaned up to the best standards. Sadly, in last October, Unilever had proposed to a standard much lower than in UK and Canada? Why would that be?
- 12 Mar 2016