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Thai Hotel Unions Show Solidarity with Cambodian Raffles Workers

Posted to the IUF website 22-Jun-2004

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On the morning of June 22, Thai hotel unions and labour rights supporters demonstrated at the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok to show solidarity with the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers' Federation in their conflict with the Raffles chain in Cambodia. The action was organized by the IUF Thai Outreach Office.

Members and officers of the Hotel Labour Union of Thailand and Narai Hotel Labour Union were part of a delegation which gathered outside the Cambodian Embassy and displayed banners supporting the Cambodian union and denouncing union busting at Raffles' two Cambodian properties. The delegation met with the second secretary of the Cambodian Embassy to hand over a letter calling on the government of Cambodia to act to bring about a "just and immediate" solution to the conflict based on respect for trade union rights and reinstatement with back pay of all dismissed union members.

We, the undersigned workers, trade unionists and activists, are urging relevant officials to find a just and immediate resolution to the conflict�The Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor must reinstate all the dismissed union members with full back wages. The Raffles hotels have to respect trade union rights and the collective bargaining process.

The group then marched to the Raffles Merchant Court Hotel and requested a meeting with General Manager Paul Wong. They were informed that no General Manager was on duty, and it was not hotel policy to accept�hand-delivered letters. The group promised to return if the conflict is not settled.

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