Indian asbestos workers want life

In view of the global and national evidence of the increasing death toll of asbestos workers, Indian trade unions, labour and environmental groups have demanded a boycott of all asbestos products and an immediate phase-out of white asbestos. The appeal was made at "The National Conference on Workers' Plight and White Asbestos Trade, held in New Delhi on November 8, 2004. India recently helped Russia and Canada block an effort under the Rotterdam Convention on hazardous chemicals to impose restrictions on white asbestos trade (see