Brussels--the ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions. ) has criticised labour practices being carried out by Goodyear Thailand Ltd., a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. It alleges that Goodyear's local management at its 600-worker factory in Bangkok has systematically denied basic trade union rights to members and officers of ICEM affiliate Petroleum and Chemical Workers' Federation of Thailand (PCFT).
In a statement ICEM adds, "In March, managers fired the chairman of the Goodyear Thailand branch of the PCFT, Anan Pol-ung, for merely carrying out his lawful responsibilities in attempting to achieve social benefits for workers in the factory's rubber stock division. Many of these employees have worked at the plant for over ten years, but are employed under one-year, fixed-term contracts that deny them the same benefits as permanent employees."
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Press release from ICEM