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13 Mar 2016


India: Unilever signs settlement agreement with ex-employees over alleged mercury poisoning

"Unilever settles dispute over mercury poisoning in India", 9 Mar 2016 

...Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) was forced to shut its thermometer factory in 2001 after...state authorities found the company was contaminating the environment....[The company] said it signed the settlement agreement with a workers association..."We have worked hard over many years to address this and find the right solution for our former workers. We, alongside all involved, are glad to see an outcome to this long-standing case," HUL executive director legal and corporate affairs Dev Bajpai said in a statement. The company has agreed to provide an undisclosed ex-gratia payment as part of the deal, the statement said...AFP could not reach the workers' union for comment, which alleges 45 employees and 18 children died due to the toxic effects, a claim denied by the company...