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    ANROEV PRESS RELEASE on LG Chemical Personnel Run Away from India

    June 30, 2020 in SlideShow, Top News

    For Immediate Release

    Attn: News, Business, Science, Health Editors

    28 June 2020

    Contact:           Jagdish Patel (India), +91 9426486855 jagdish.jb@gmail.com

     

    LG Chemical Personnel Run Away from India As Government Investigation Reports Identify Safety Failures

     Korean personnel’s mission clashes with community realities

    (Visakhapatnam, India): Three Korean LG personnel whose passports were confiscated due to their importance in the investigation of the company’s deadly styrene gas release, have fled India after getting a favorable court judgement. Community members and Indian occupational and environmental safety activists affiliated with the ANROEV network condemned the decision noting that once LG Chemical personnel leave India, they will likely avoid responsibility and not return, as has happened in other cases, including Bhopal.

    Korean personnel fled India following a critical report by India’s National Green Tribunal and just before an investigative report emerges from the Andhra Pradesh State Government, which objected to calling the tragedy an accident noting that, “We all know it was not an accident. The styrene leak was a result of a series of safety failures.”

    LG Chemical sent the Korean team to Visakhapatnam, India in mid-May to investigate the cause of the styrene release and support, “responsible rehabilitation.” In contrast, LG has pursued a vigorous effort to avoid investigation of its safety failures and to evade any payment of compensation for the tragedy that it caused.

    Here are some examples of LG actions in India following its deadly styrene leak:

    1. LG hired the former Attorney General of India to petition the Supreme Court in an effort to remove the National Green Tribunal from investigating the tragedy.
    1. LG tried to stop disbursement of an interim fine of of ₹50 crore (~US$6.6 million, ~₩8.1 billion) for compensation and restoration.
    1. More than one month after the tragedy, LG still had not responded to questions from a State investigative committee.
    1. LG promoted a photo in Korean media and claimed that it displayed their hotline to address community concerns over the tragedy. Actually, the photo is not of a hotline operation, but ironically a National Green Tribunal investigation of LG. A local resident who called the claimed LG hotline phone numbers numerous times noted that no one answered.
    1. LG also claimed in Korean media to be disbursing food to local residents. However, the State Government already was distributing food to migrant workers struggling with the COVID-19 lockdown. Community residents received food from the State-managed food supply, not LG.
    1. LG claimed that Suraksha Hospital would “take care of all residents’ health check-ups and future treatment.” However, the experience of community residents is that while the first visit was free, all subsequent treatment for LG’s styrene gas release had to be paid by the victims.

    In summary, Korean LG personnel were essentially invisible in the affected community and did not resolve any key community issues. LG’s Korean personnel did not declare long-term measures to monitor the environmental and health impacts of their company’s pollution. Instead, they ran away from the country on a chartered flight as government investigations started closing in.

    Community members and public interest advocates call on LG to act more like a responsible corporate leader. Absolute liability should be applied to both LG Chemical and LG Polymers, including accountability for deaths, injuries, crop damage, and environmental pollution, among others. Long-term health surveillance and support should be provided to the community and be paid for by the company. Finally, there should be a thorough and impartial investigation of the tragedy and civil society and victims’ representatives should be part of the investigation and any settlement with the company.

    LG Polymers uses styrene to make polystyrene plastic components for LG appliances sold in India. Styrene is a probable human carcinogen, crosses the placenta and has a variety of harmful effects. Styrene is explosive and must be stored at low temperatures. However, LG failed to maintain the storage temperature below 20C during a COVID-19 lockdown period, leading to the harmful release.

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    Jagdish Patel (India), +91 9426486855 jagdish.jb@gmail.com

    GLOBAL PROTEST AGAINST LG POLYMER Gas Leak

    June 5, 2020 in ActionAlerts, Events, SlideShow, Top News

    Numbers of ANROEV Members organisations around ASIA Continent have joined today the Global Protest against LG Polymer Gas Leak protest as solidarity actions in support of victims. So far 14 People in Vizag India and 1 People in Korea has been killed by LG Chemicals and its company based in India and Korea.  ANROEV member organisation from India, Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan etc. have joined the CALL FOR ACTIONS in their respective countries and have also participated on online demonstration rally today organised mainly in Korea and India.

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    Indian Ban Asbestos Network Established

    April 11, 2018 in SlideShow

    On December 16, 2017 civil society and trade unions in India came together creating an important milestone in the occupational and environmental health rights based work in India by establishing the Indian Ban Asbestos Network (IBAN) in New Delhi.
    India ban asbestos 2The establishment of the Indian Ban Asbestos Network is an unprecedented step towards the creation of asbestos free workplace and society. The network was formed with a clear goal of getting all forms of asbestos banned in India as the first step towards the elimination of the asbestos related diseases in India. The network was founded by 16 organisations consisting of Trade Unions, NGOs, Victims organisations and individual Scientists, Doctors and Lawyers. The network agreed to focus on key objectives of preparing a detailed position paper highlighting the use of Asbestos in India and the harm it has caused, to launch an information and education campaign about the hazards of Asbestos especially among the workers engaged in asbestos product manufacturing, construction, mining and ship breaking. The network also agreed to engage with the relevant authorities in India to ensure all imports of Asbestos is stopped and asbestos product manufacturing is converted into non-asbestos (alternative material) products and just transition is ensured for existing workers working in these hazardous industries.  Recognising the ultimate price that victims have paid with their health by working with this carcinogen, the network recognises the key role of Victims in the network and would work towards identification and diagnosis of the victims across India to ensure just compensation for them. The IBAN Network will also work actively towards formation of asbestos victims’ organisations in India.
    Mr. Sugio Furuya, Coordinator of Asian Ban Asbestos Network presented an update on global action on asbestos. He emphasised that global trade of asbestos is shrinking fast. Senior Occupational Health Specialist Mr. Kawakami represented ILO at this meeting who explained ILO convention on Asbestos.  Representative from Nepal explained challenges faced by the country in post-ban period in Nepal. He explained how asbestos industry in India is trying to push asbestos containing material in Nepal in spite of ban.
    Challenges to compliance that were stated were as follows: – Shifting to expensive products – Behavioural change of private sector – No awareness at the public level – Challenges for management – call back from the market, demolition waste management, service
    sector awareness on waste management – Establishment of compensation systems – Implementation of PIC procedure
    Opportunities – Alternatives available – Marketing alternatives
    The final remarks of the conference were given by AMRC, the following points were stressed: • The need to work at many levels • Bureaucrats, political parties, leaders • Concerted national policy support is needed • India – consumption has increased • State by state campaigning for banning asbestos in India • Grassroot level pressure on the govt – to ensure the ban so that the industry cannot control the govt

    The ANROEV biennial conference 2017

    April 3, 2018 in SlideShow

    The ANROEV biennial conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 19 to 21, 2017. ANROEV is providing adequate support to victims and organizations to raise their united voice on OSH rights and to bring necessary changes on OSH situations for the betterment of the victims in the Asian region.

    130 delegates from 18 countries in all over the world participated in the powerful discussion on OSH which envisaged the network activities supporting to ensure the victims rights and promote the OSH Rights in the Asian region. The conference demonstrated plenty of dynamic learnings and thoughtful presentations, discussions on different ongoing and emerging issues on OSH.

    The ANROEV biennial conference 2017

    November 28, 2012 in SlideShow, Top News

    The ANROEV biennial conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 19 to 21, 2017. ANROEV is providing adequate support to victims and organizations to raise their united voice on OSH rights and to bring necessary changes on OSH situations for the betterment of the victims in the Asian region.

    130 delegates from 18 countries in all over the world participated in the powerful discussion on OSH which envisaged the network activities supporting to ensure the victims rights and promote the OSH Rights in the Asian region. The conference demonstrated plenty of dynamic learnings and thoughtful presentations, discussions on different ongoing and emerging issues on OSH.

     

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