Cadmium crusader

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 April, 2006, 12:00am

Activist Au Loong-yu shows batteries made by Corun Hi-tech, a contractor of Gold Peak Industries which is at the centre of a cadmium poisoning row.

Mr Au, a Gold Peak Industries shareholder, was yesterday thrown out of the company's AGM for trying to pose a question on cadmium poisoning. Gold Peak used to produce GP Batteries at its factory in Huizhou in Guangdong but has since contracted the work out to Corun. Workers from the Huizhou factory have claimed compensation for unsafe work practices which led to them being exposed to the heavy metal, which causes cancer. At least 10 workers suffer from cadmium poisoning. Mr Au, an activist with Globalisation Monitor, said he was interrupted by Gold Peak chairman Victor Lo Chung-wing, when he tried to raise questions about the cadmium incident. Gold Peak said Mr Au made comments 'irrelevant to the meeting' and had been asked to leave. Mr Au joined about a dozen others in a protest outside the venue.