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Probe slams Korean firm over strike

NGO demands answers about violence at clothing factory

Probe slams Korean firm over strike
Bangladesh workers who were killed during their strike last December (Photo courtesy of KHIS) reporter, Seoul

February 17, 2011

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An NGO probe has criticized a Korean firm for deadly violence during a strike at one of its clothing factories in Bangladesh and has demanded the company clarifies events surrounding a brutal assault on several workers called in to negotiate with management. 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. Related report Koreans urge rethink over Orissa steel plant KO13326.1641
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