From the TUC

The world tells Cambodia to free the other 21, as two are released

10 Feb 2014, By

Today was #freethe23 day for trade unionists around the world, and it ended with the news that two of the twenty-three textile workers jailed in Cambodia after the strikes at the end of last year have walked free. So the struggle continues, and 16 of the remaining prisoners have started a hunger strike.

Demonstrations have taken place in Brussels, Canberra, Dhaka, Geneva, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington D.C. In London, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady sent a letter to the Cambodian Ambassador after requests for a meeting were ignored, and our friends at Labour Behind the Label set up a virtual action page so that everyone could send a message to the Embassy.Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of the IndustriALL global union federation that covers textile workers, said:

“The message to the Cambodian authorities is clear. We will not stop until all the workers are released. The action by the global union movement today has proven that the plight of Cambodian garment workers is supported the world over.”

You can see more news about the day’s protests at the Labour Behind the Label facebook page, or at LabourStart, or check out the #freethe23 hashtag on twitter.

One Response to The world tells Cambodia to free the other 21, as two are released

  1. Cambodia: unions and companies demand justice | STRONGER UNIONS
    Mar 17th 2014, 10:03 am

    […] was designed to press the Government over the demand for a $160 a month minimum wage, and over the 21 trade unionists arrested and still held after the turn of the year demonstrations. As early as 7am police manned barricades blocking off […]