Probe slams Korean firm over strike
NGO demands answers about violence at clothing factory
ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
February 17, 2011
At least three people were killed and 250 injured when a strike for better pay by thousands of workers turned ugly at Youngone Trading’s Chittagong factory in December.
Vincentio Na Hyun-phil, coordinator of the Korean House for International Solidarity and part of a fact-finding team said today that Youngone Trading needs to clarify what really happened during the strike.
During the strike five of the workers were called by management upstairs for talks but later three of them were found with their ankles and wrists slashed and, and the other two were missing, Na said.
Na alleges the strike turned violent as a result of the assault on the five workers.
A probe report, published by the Asian Human Rights Commission yesterday, also urged the Korean government to investigate Youngone Trading for human rights violations.
Youngone has some 36,000 workers at 17 factories in Bangladesh and produces clothes under the brand names of North Face and Nike.
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