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Electrolux imprisons then sacks workers in Thailand

Author: IndustriALL Global Union, Published on: 17 January 2013

Electrolux management in Thailand locked up over 100 workers for 8 hours…IndustriALL Global Union joined with Swedish union IF Metall in expressing outrage at the unjust and anti-union actions of Electrolux Thailand. On 11 January 2013 Electrolux Thailand management called a meeting of all workers…and announced a two-month bonus, but then refused to discuss the workers demands for fair wage increases and permanent employment for agency workers after 6 months. Instead the managers forcibly removed the union president, Phaiwan Metha…and dismiss[ed] him….workers…continued to sit on the floor and demanded his reinstatement and return. Management then called security and police and surrounded the workers, preventing them from leaving…including a pregnant woman in her sixth month who tried to leave. At 5pm the workers were released, one by one by the security guards. The workers returned to work on 14 January to find written dismissal notice for 127 workers.