Bhopal.net sets up Warren Anderson hotline

Warren Anderson, ex Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation is wanted by a court in Bhopal, India, to answer criminal charges of “culpable homicide” relating to the deaths of 20,000 people. The Government of India on 6 May 2003 requested the United States to extradite Anderson and hand him over to face trial in Bhopal. To date, no answer has been received from the US authorities.

In India Anderson is listed as a “fugitive from justice” having for 11 years ignored the summons to appear before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Bhopal. We appeal to anyone who knows where he is hiding to come forward and inform the proper authorities. You may also contact
us directly and in complete confidence with any information about Warren Anderson and his current whereabouts on THE ANDERSON HOTLINE.

Anderson’s last known addresses were: 929 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton,
New York, and 111 South Catalina Court, Vero Beach, Florida.

Broken bail bond (7 December 1984)

Proclamation from Bhopal Court published in Washington Post (1 January 1992)<

Arrest warrant (10 April 1992)

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Another victory for Bhopali women

Struggling for a wage for more than a decade

BHOPAL, 31 JULY 2003. The Bhopali women’s stationery workers’ union has won another court victory in its long struggle to gain a fair wage for a fair day’s work. On 18 December, 2002, the Labour Court had ruled that the union’s fifty women members should be paid the rate their jobs and experience merited, with arrears backdated to 29 April 1998. see report by Bhopal.Net. This decision was appealed by the State Government in the form of the Controller, Government Printing and Stationery Press, but last week the Industrial Court threw out the appeal and upheld the earlier decision. The women ask your help to make sure the State Government does not try to find further legal obstacles. For what you can do please read on.

The text of last week’s decision follows. Please help us bring pressure on the State Government not to seek to overturn this decision, which is the culmination of a long struggle by the women union members to gain the fair and proper rate for the work they have been doing.

Please send a fax (and covering email) to the Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Vallabh Bhawan, Bhopal :
Fax No. +91-755- 2551521
Email : cs@vallabh.mp.nic.in

Suggested text:

Dear Chief Secretary,

I am writing to express my satisfaction at the decision of the Industrial Court (31 July 2003), confirming the Labour Court’s judgement of 18 December 2002 that the members of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh are to be granted the proper wages and conditions to which they have long been entitled.

I note that in upholding the earlier ruling, Judge M. B. Sharma said, “In the present case it is not disputed that that the employees have been doing the work of binding ever since their appointment. The employer has not presented any evidence of the work of the employees being unsatisfactory. Under these circumstances the order of the Labour Court, directing that their employment be regularised as Junior Binder with effect from April 1998 and they be paid arrears accordingly, is not considered to be fit for modification . . .”

I strongly urge the Madhya Pradesh Government not to add insult to the injury already long suffered by the women members of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh by filing yet another appeal. Justice has been done. The eyes of the world are on you to make sure that it is carried out.

Yours sincerely,

=================THE JUDGEMENT==================

Court : The Industrial Court, Bhopal
Case No. C A 1 / MP IR / 2003
Appelant : Controller Government Printing & Stationery Press, Maida Mill Road, Bhopal
Vs
Mrs. Rashida Bi w/o Abdul Wahid, Resident of House No. 24, PS Tallaiya, Bhopal

Before : Member Judge M B Sharma
Counsel for the appelant : Mr Narayan Singh Yadav
Counsel for counterapellant : Mr. R R Srivastava

Five page order passed on July 31, 2003

Extracts:

” The appeal was presented in response to the order of the Labour Court in case no. 442/MPIR/2000 on 18.12.02″

“In the present case it is not disputed that that the employees have been doing the work of binding ever since their appointment. The
employer has not presented any evidence of the work of the employees being unsatisfactory. Under these circumstances the order of
the Labour Court, directing that their employment be regularised as Junior Binder with effect from April 1998 and they be paid
arrears accordingly, is not considered to be fit for modification. …..”

“Hence the appeal presented by the appelants is dismissed while upholding the order of the lower court.”

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Bhopal.Net returns

theyreback News of our demise has been greatly exaggerated. (Well we should know, we put the news out in the first place.) Welcome to the new Bhopal.Net, bringing you as ever the latest news, gossip, articles and campaign actions from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

Still ironing out bugs, so please be patient. Meanwhile, to access the old site, which is still preserved in all its glory, just as you last saw it, please use the link below.

Please meanwhile visit our allied site, http://www.bhopal.org

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American Chemical Industry’s bright idea

Faced with the failure of “Responsible Care” those PR boys have come good. Their big idea? “Really Responsible Care”

$120,000,000 could do a lot of good to a lot of people. But instead of, for example, providing clean drinking water to the people of Bhopal, or creating a safe environment for the trailer folk of Plaquemine, or beginning to clean up Midland, or paying out for the damage caused by agent orange, the money is going to go into the pockets of a bunch of overpaid PR and ad people whose campaign is so flimsy the sugarplum fairy couldn’t use it as a veil.

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Members of Congress tell Dow, Face Up to Your Bhopal Liabilities

WASHINGTON D.C. TUESDAY 22 JULY Eighteen members of Congress have sent a letter to Dow Chairman William Stavropoulos demanding that his company assume liability for the wrongdoings of Union Carbide (its 100% subsidiary) in Bhopal. The Congresspersons, led by Representatives Frank Pallone and Dennis Kucinich are demanding that Dow provide medical rehabilitation and economic reparations for the victims of the tragedy; clean up contamination in and around the former factory site in Bhopal; provide alternative supplies of fresh water to the affected communities and ensure that the Union Carbide Corporation appears before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Bhopal where it faces criminal charges of culpable homicide.

“The disaster in Bhopal continues and is likely to worsen if Dow Chemical does not step forward to fulfil its responsibilities,” the letter said, adding “It is disheartening to note that a company such as Dow who professes to lead the chemical industry towards ‘responsible care’ shies away from its obligations when truly responsible care can be demonstrated. More disturbing is the manner in which Union Carbide and Dow Chemical have ignored the summons of the Bhopal court. This exposes a blatant disregard for the law.”

On the 24th March Halifax M.P. Alice Mahon filed Early Day Motion 933 in the UK parliament in support of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal’s efforts to make Dow and Union Carbide face up to their moral and legal responsibilities in Bhopal. The motion resolves:

“That this House is appalled by the continuing suffering of the people of Bhopal 18 years after the world’s worst environmental disaster; notes that the contaminated land on the site of the disaster has never been cleaned up, that high quantities of lead and organochlorines continue to be found in the breast milk of local women and that the local population is plagued by ill health and birth deformities; congratulates the work of the Sambhavna medical clinic in treating survivors and that of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal in trying to make Union Carbide and its present owner Dow Chemical face up to their moral and legal responsibilities; and further applauds the campaign for the extradition from the USA of former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson, wanted in India on criminal charges of culpable homicide in connection with the deaths of 20,000 people.”

As reported today by the Bhopal Central Chronicle, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, New Indpress PTI News

Full letter here.
For ICJB press statement at https://www.bhopal.net/oldsite/congressletter.html

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