Thursday, 9 November 2006

Urgent - Walmart in Phillipines Petition

November 1, 2006

Striking workers at the Chong Won Fashion factory in the Philippine Cavite Export Processing Zone, who make clothes for Wal-Mart, have endured violent attacks by EPZ police, the dismantling of their picket line tent shelters, mass dismissals, and attempts to ban them from reentering the Zone. On Friday, November 3, leaders of the workers' union will finally have an opportunity to meet with representatives of Wal-Mart, factory management and other stakeholders in an attempt to remove some of the road blocks to a fair settlement to the dispute. Over the next couple days, it is extremely important that supporters of the Chong Won workers around the world send a message to Wal-Mart to use its considerable influence to help resolve the dispute and open the door to negotiations between the union and the employer. Our colleagues at the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF), who are working with MSN on this campaign, have set up an online petition to pressure Wal-Mart to do the right thing. Please visit the ILRF website today and add your name to the petition: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/ChongWonpetition For background information on the Chong Won strike, please visit the MSN website at: http://www.maquilasolidarity.org/alerts/Chong%20Won%20Phillipines-Nov%201.htm Thank you for your support.

Maquila Solidarity Network
606 Shaw Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 3L6
416-532-8584 (phone) 416-532-7688 (fax)
info@maquilasolidarity.org
www.maquilasolidarity.org

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