Aug 8th, 2015
Unilever update: our pressure is working!
By Nat Whalley
It’s working! After thousands of 38 Degrees members contacted Unilever about their devastating toxic mercury spill in India, the company’s CEO just tweeted that he is ‘Determined to solve fast.’ We’re making him feel the heat in public.
But he hasn’t yet promised to pay proper compensation to the families affected so they can rebuild their lives.
More than 45 workers exposed to mercury during their employment are dead. And at least 18 children, born to workers of the unit, have died so far and more than 30 are severely affected.
Please can you tweet him directly to pile on the pressure?
Local residents, ex-workers from the factory and campaigners across India are calling out Unilever for poisoning thousands of men, women and children. Without proper compensation, families are still struggling to rebuild their lives.
38 Degrees’ sister organisation in India, Jhatkaa, have been working with the Kodaikanal community and grassroots activists to get Unilever to finally act. For 14 years Unilever have ignored the plight of workers, and refused to take responsibility for the mercury leak.
Now 38 Degrees members, alongside Jhatkaa members, campaigners and local residents in India are piling the pressure on Unilever. Read more here: https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2015/08/06/unilever-clean-up-your-mess/