Update/THAILAND: Update - Thai women workers beaten and gassed

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Subject: Update/THAILAND: Update - Thai women workers beaten and gassed
From: Human Rights School (hrschool@ahrchk.org)
Date: Fri Jun 23 2000 - 10:42:41 EDT


UPDATE ON THAI DURABLE TEXTILE WORKER SITUATION
21st June 2000

AHRC forwarded you an appeal from CAW on the 19th June, regarding the
situation of Thai Kriang Durable Textile workers. The situation of the
protesting workers has deteriorated seriously. The women were attacked
violently (see below). Following is an update of the situation, provided
by CAW, and an AHRC interview with a respresentative of the women workers.
If you have not written already, please do so (the address for letters is
included again below)

Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission

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Update of Thai Kriang Durable Textile Trade Union workers strike.
16th June 2000

Gangsters were hired by the company to attack the workers occupying the
factory! In the attack, stones and chemical gas were used. Twenty workers
were injured and two of them are in serious condition.

About 200 workers will march to the residence of Minister of Labour and
Social Welfare on 16 June 2000 to submit their demands.

Please write to the Labor and Social Welfare Minister to request for
intervention to provide justice to the workers of Thai Kriang Durable
Textile Factory and thereby protect their labor rights.

The Minister
Labor and Social Welfare Ministry
       Dindaeng, Bangkok
        Thailand
        Tel: 66-2-2810106
        Fax: 66-2-2814358

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AHRC INTERVIEW WITH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE THAI DURABLE TEXTILE WORKERS
20 JUNE 2000

Q: How are the injured workers?
THEY WERE BEATEN , HIT AND THROWN BY THE WOOD, STONE. THE GOONS ALSO USED
GAS (GAS PUT IN THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND FIRE ENGINE). 14 WORKERS GOT
INJURE AND 2 ARE SERIOUS.

Q: Have there been any arrests of the 'goons'?
YES THEY WERE ARRESTED BY THE POLICE AND WERE RELEASED ALREADY. THEY MAY
HAVE PAID MONEY TO THE POLICE.

Q: Has the government made any move to intervene?
SO FAR, THERE IS NO RESPONSE AND NO INTERVENTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT YET

Q: Has the company agreed to any of the demands?
NO. THE COMPANY STILL IGNORE TO MEET WITH THE WORKERS.

Q: Has the union decided to change tactics?
THEY WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUPY THE FACTORY. AT THE SAME TIME THEY ALSO TRY TO
GET THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC ATTENTION BY MOBILISING THE WORKERS TO MEET WITH
THE DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHO ARE IN CHARGE ON LABOUR ISSUES, FOR
EXAMPLE YESTERDAY THEY WENT TO THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE TO MEET THE PRIME
MINISTER.

Q: What is the best action people can take now?
SENDING THE LETTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE THE MEETING
SOON IN ORDER TO DISCUSS ABOUT THE NEW STRATEGIES.

ADDRESS LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF THE WORKERS TO:
   The Minister
   Labor and Social Welfare Ministry
   Dindaeng, Bangkok
   Thailand
   Tel: 66-2-2810106
   Fax: 66-2-2814358
SALUTATION: Dear Sir/Madam

Your letter should appeal to the minister to:
- convene a conciliation meeting between the company and the workers
- enquire into the attack on the women and properly prosecute the attackers
- ensure the safety of the women who are expressing their right to strike
for a livable income

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AHRC Ugent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission
Unit D, 7th Floor, Mongkok Commercial Centre,
16 - 16B Argyle Street, Kowloon, HONGKONG
Tel: +(852) - 2698-6339
Fax: +(852) - 2698-6367
E-mail: ua@ahrchk.org

Please contact the AHRC Urgent Appeals Coordinator if you require
>further information or to make requests for further appeals.
___________________________________________________________________
AHRC has an Urgent Appeal Programme which operates around the clock.
AHRC issues urgent appeals on behalf of persons or groups of persons
whose human rights have been violated. All urgent appeals released
by the AHRC since late 1997 can be accessed at our website:

http://www.ahrchk.net/appeal/index.html
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_________________________________
Lin Chew
Human Rights School <hrschool@ahrchk.og>

Asian Human Rights Commission
Unit D, 7/F Mongkok Commercial Centre
16-16B Argyle Street
Kowloon Hong Kong
Tel. (852) 2698 6339
Fax.(852) 2698 6367
Email: ahrchk@org
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