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February 6, 2009

Philippines labour rights attorney Remigio Saladero Jr., 5 others released

Remigio Saladero behind barsAfter being held for more than three month in prison on trumped up charges, Philippines labour rights attorney Remigio Saladero Jr was finally released on Thursday, February 5th.  Five other Philippine labour rights leaders were also released with him including Nestor San Jose, Rogelio Galit, Crispin Zapanta, Arnaldo Seminiano, and Emanuel Dionida.

December 16, 2008

URGENT ACTION: 71 labour rights advocates put on arrest lists by Philippine Government

On October 3, 2008, the terror felt among labour activists in the Philippines grew even stronger.  In addition to the arrest of Remigio Saladero, which MSN alerted you to earlier, another 71 people including well-known human and labour rights advocates were put on an arrest list by the Philippines government.

September 20, 2007

Violent Attacks Continue in in Cavite Export Processing Zone, Philippines

Despite growing pressure on the Philippine government to put a stop to the violence and entra-judicial killings of trade unionists and human rights activists, attacks continue. It is believed that the attacks are sanctioned by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and its police force.

March 26, 2007

Investigative reports find serious abuses at Chong Won

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) released the results of an independent investigation of the Chong Won Fashion Inc. factory in the Philippines on February 21, 2007. On March 26, 2007, Wal-Mart released a synopsis of a report by the US monitoring organization Verité. Both reports confirmed serious abuses of worker rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining at the factory.

December 20, 2006

Chong Won: Workers left hanging as Wal-Mart stalls on corrective action

Chong Won workers marchThree months after receiving reports of serious worker rights abuses and police violence against protesting workers at its Chong Won Fashion supply factory in the Philippines, Wal-Mart is still delaying taking the necessary steps to fix the problem. Take action now.

November 1, 2006

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 desperately need your support to put a stop to their employers’ attempt to destroy their union through violence, mass firings and intimidation.

September 27, 2006

Chong Won: Second police assault on Chong Won picket line

This morning a combined force of municipal and free trade zone police and private security guards attacked the Chong Won strikers who were peacefully picketing outside the factory gates as the police escorted scab replacement workers into the factory.