Garment workers fight for their right to survival, as police slap them with charges
The Triumph International Worker’s Union led employees from Brilliant Alliance Thai Global to file a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission at the Government Complex in Bangkok on Tuesday.
This move came after Loeng Police Station charged six labour activists on November 16 for allegedly holding an illegal protest outside the Government House in Dusit district on October 19.
The protesters were demanding that the government and Labour Ministry secure a 242-million baht compensation for the 1,388 employees that had been laid off with little or no severance pay by Brilliant Alliance Thai Global, a lingerie manufacturing company in Samut Prakan.
The Textile Industrial Labour Union said the police charges violated the workers’ rights, especially since they were suffering from a loss of income and had nothing to fall back on.
The apparel industry is known for its chronically low wages and most workers have little or no savings.
The union said they had submitted a letter to the government many times, but no progress has been made.
Brilliant Alliance Thai Global, formerly called Body Fashion and owned by Triumph International, is now part of the Hong Kong-based Clover Group International.