ERJ staff report (DS)
Bankok, Thailand -- An international labour federation has written to the chief executive of Hankook Tyre calling for proper union recognition and demanding that Hankook abides by all labour codes in the countries in which it operates.
In the letter, The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) says, "â€œWe protest, on behalf of 20 million workers, against this employer's behaviour, as it has been shown by Hankook Tire in South Korea and Hungary. It is unacceptable that the employer does not acknowledge an organisation set up by the workers voluntarily and rejects every request for bargaining."
The letter was agreed and supported unanimously by delegates to ICEM's 4th World Congress in Bangkok, from 22 to 24 November. Present at the meeting were over 800 trade unionists, from 176 national trade unions in 75 countries, many of which are operating in the chemical and rubber sectors within their countries.
While the letter did not formally threaten any specific action, it concludes, "Pending a fair and swift solution to the problem, we will use our offices to make sure that this trade union violation is known to all, and act, together with our affiliates, towards an end of this violation of workers' rights."
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Letter to Hankook CEO from ICEM