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UK Union Wins Compensation for Repetitive Strain Injuries at Nestl�

Posted to the IUF website 25-Jul-2007

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The T&G section of Unite (formed by the recent fusion of the T&G and Amicus) has won financial compensation for 4 workers at the Nestl� instant coffee plant in Burton on Trent who developed identical repetitive strain injuries. All 4 workers developed tennis elbow - a painful, debilitating condition induced by repetitive twisting and lifting of the wrist - as a result of having to regularly free enormous blockages of coffee granules undergoing processing.

A local T&G representative commented that �Clearly there have been serious health and safety issues at Nestle UK Ltd, so we�re pleased with the successful outcome of these cases for our four members. All employers have a duty of care to their employees and Nestle is no exception.�

The IUF has led a long struggle for effective action to address the epidemic of RSI injuries at Nestl�'s plant in Araras, near Sao Paolo, the company's largest plant in Brazil and the fourth largest Nestl� plant in the world.