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Wal-Mart factory workers assaulted, fired for going on strike

Workers producing clothes for Wal-Mart at the Korean-owned Chong Won Fashion garment factory in the Philippines...[are facing] their employers’ attempt to destroy their union through violence, mass firings and intimidation. On September 27, a combined force of municipal and free trade zone police and private security guards attacked the strikers...22 union members were injured...According to WAC [Workers’ Assistance Centre], at least 10 workers were injured in the first police assault...[and] at least 66 workers have already been served termination notices...Wal-Mart...carr[ied] out a factory audit...[and] met with a few union leaders inside the factory. We are still awaiting the results of their audit...