The first thing promised by Hydro is a phase out of cadmium within the year in England. After that, the company will end the use in India, and investigate the condition in plants where the company has minority interests.
This is all well and good, but the issue does not end there: There are a number of elements worthy of criticism at Hydro's S&S's plants which Norsk Hydro does not comment beyond the last issue of NorWatch. These include salary conditions and treatment of waste.
The fact that organised employers at Hydro's plant in Pudokottai make twice as much money as non-organised workers at the similar plant in Pondicherry strikes us as an oddity. And that Norsk Hydro, after two months, still has made no effort to describe the waste management process at the plants, is also disheartening.
It is good to see that it is possible to influence a multinational company like Norsk Hydro, but there is still a large amount of work which remains.
Norwatch Newsletter 4/97