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South Africa: Anglo American criticised over silicosis payments

Anglo American was criticised at its AGM for what was described as procrastination over the payment of compensation to former gold miners who are dying of the effects of silicosis.

Fukushima explosion

Japan: Tepco supplier exposed workers in Fukushima crisis

Nine workers for construction firm Build-Up were forced to under-report radiation exposure when they were dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis. A senior executive at the company order staff to attach lead plates to pocket dosimeters supplied by Tepco in order to keep the readings below government emergency safety limits.

France Telecom

France Telecom investigation over staff suicides linked to bullying

France Telecom is under investigation after 35 employee suicides in 2008 and 2009 have been linked to a restructuring programme that allegedly undermined employees' well being and was akin to bullying.

Pesticides use

France: Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning

Monsanto has been found guilty by a court in Lyon of poisoning farmer Paul Francois who suffered neurological problesm after using the company's Lasso weedkiller. The suit charged that Monsanto had failed to provide sufficient warnings on the product label.

Stress at work

UK: Survey shows impact bad management has on staff

Almost half of workers polled in the UK said that they had left a job because of bad management and that, given the option, they would rather take a pay cut than be managed by someone with poor skills.

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Dole Food takes film makers to court for defamation

A film about a 2007 trial brought against Dole Food alleging harm to workers from pesticide use is 'blatantly false', according to the company. It is taking the film makers to court after they refused to amend or withdraw the film in light of more recent court findings that evidence in similar cases had been falsified.

UK: Wetherspoon squeezed both ways on drinking and smoking

UK pub chain Wetherspoons has suffered falling profits having been hit by the stigma of binge drinking on the one hand, and the impact of a unilateral smoking ban introduced by the chain on the other.

Japan: Asbestos health problems a 'quiet timebomb'

Japan is seeing a rise in asbestos related disease amongst workers, with more and more companies producing lists of those that have died or are receiving treatment, according to an editorial in the Japan Times. Nearly 400 people at 30 businesses have died, and more are expected to follow.

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