The permit granted Coca-Cola the right to extract ground water to meet its production demands of 3. Farmers complained of decreased yields and many local wells ran dry or were too contaminated to be used. Bore wells and shallow open wells dried up. Wiley was anti Coca-Cola mainly because he was against the added caffeine. Within six months of commencement of operations at the plant, the villagers complained that the water was unsuitable for drinking or cooking; it had turned milky white and was brackish.
In order to stop the project, residents started a signature campaign to garner support for the cause and passed a resolution against the company. How much does Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. Monsanto is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as Roundup. They organized a lengthy sit-down strike in front of the main offices of Coca-Cola in Turkey. In response, the police refused permission to use a microphone, following which a protester was beaten up by the police, and more than 130 protesters were arrested. The company then filed for a five-year renewal, which was rejected by the Panchayat owing to non-fulfillment of the conditions set by the High Court. Demanding compensation from the Coca-Cola for the damages it has caused has been a central demand of the campaign from its inception.
About five feet from the top we could see the old water line, but no water. The factory employed 130 permanent workers and approximately 250 temporary laborers. Department of Agriculture led the lawsuit. In the drought-hit Chittur region where Plachimada village is located, three farmers have committed suicide within the last month, unable to bear the pangs of acute drought, crop failure and accumulated debts. But if you study this website, you will find up-to-date news, reports and other information that shows the world of Coca-Cola is a world full of lies, deception, immorality, corruption, and widespread labor, human rights and environmental abuses, and that Coke has inflicted great hardship and despair upon many people and communities throughout the world. Several news releases and statements from www. The settlement applies to Coca-Cola common stock owners from October 21, 1999 to March 6, 2000.
Because of government tests, other plants throughout India began to face increased opposition from local communities. The water they did draw was awful. Too much of cadmium in the soil has lead to the leaching into the wells. Veloor Swaminathan, an adivasi leader and convener of the Samithy, presided over the public meeting. Coca-Cola bought a property of some 40 acres held by a couple of large landowners, built a plant, sank six bore wells, and commenced operations.
. This was denied as 700 people marched to the plant and demanded its permanent closure. At the end of 2003, ten activists conducted a five-day hunger strike while more than fifty Plachimada villagers continued the picketing that had been at the Plachimada gates since April 2002. In 2001, a mechanic with DynCorp blew the whistle on DynCorp employees in Bosnia for rape and trading girls as young as 12 into sex slavery. Roundup is sold to small farmers as a pesticide, yet harms crops in the long run as the toxins accumulate in the soil. Against all the odds they survived.
Corpwatch India, a public interest group, found that there were high levels of calcium and magnesium in the water, caused by excessive extraction of water. Lead is toxic to human development and the nervous system, while cadmium is a documented. Although Coca-Cola was briefly granted a license to operate the Plachimada plant in 2005, this was revoked within months when testing proved that Coca-Cola had not dealt with the high levels of toxins in its wastewater and that the company was using local groundwater. The workers were denied minimum wages, forced to work overtime without compensation, and were denied legally mandated health care. As a result, the remaining water became contaminated with high chloride and bacteria levels, leading to scabs, eye problems, and stomach aches in the local population. This creates a cycle of dependency on Monsanto for both the weed killer and the only seed that can resist it.
This has resulted in loss of wages for these women. In Colombia, Nestle replaced the entire factory staff with lower-wage workers and did not renew the collective employment contract. He spoke about the experience of the struggle and the sacrifices and sufferings of the adivasis, agricultural labourers and other affected peoples. District Court in Miami; the Company was dismissed as a defendant. The court can also impose a huge compensation package, if it finds the company guilty.
In its halcyon days, before the company's relationship with the locals soured, the facility employed 284 people. Monsanto Monsanto is, by far, the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds in the world, dominating 70% to 100% of the market for crops such as soy, cotton, wheat and corn. Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Ninety-one percent of the farming households reported that owing to reduction in crop productivity, their agricultural income declined drastically. On December 16, 2003, a single bench of the High Court, in response to the writ petition by the Panchayat, came out with its decision. Opposite to the venue of the villagers' agitation, the workers of the factory and their family members have now put up another makeshift shed for holding the counter sit-in strike demanding reopening of the factory. On August 5, 2003, the Centre for Science and Environment, based in Delhi, came out with a report that showed that 12 soft drinks had significant amount of pesticides in them.
It owns 5,100 stores worldwide and employs 1. Such a dedicated mechanism could either be a Tribunal under Art. Protesters demonstrated at a shareholders meeting in Delaware as the culmination of the tour. The struggle represents the efforts of villagers and activists to wage a battle against a multi-national company both at the level of the grassroots and the judiciary. Footnote: A much shorter version of this can be found in the print edition of The Nation that went to press earlier this week.
See also the case of Pepsico India Holdings v. On the other hand the Company has always been eager to downplay public agitation against these human problems. Chevron The petrochemical company Chevron is guilty of some of the worst environmental and human rights abuses in the world. Plants eventually become infertile, forcing farmers to purchase genetically modified Roundup Ready Seed, a seed that resists the herbicide. The Panchayat had no choice but to issue a license; therefore, it gave a three-month license subject to strict regulations. Later in the day the police swooped on the village and arrested 44 people including seven children. However, the United States government ended up winning the case when they took it to the Supreme Court 1916.