Tailandia - Flagrant union-busting at Tesco (2010)

Nine employees where dismissed for attempting to form a union for supervisors at the Tesco-Lotus Company distribution centre warehouse in Ayutthaya Province on 6 February. Thirty-six supervisors initially signed a petition to form the union, but the company intervened before the petition was filed with the Ministry of Labour (MoL). Management held meetings with union supporters at work which were followed by home visits to their spouses and parents, and managed to pressure 27 employees to withdraw authorisation. The company then fired the remaining nine union supporters while they were at the MoL to register their union. Tesco then refused the union’s request to bargain, saying the nine union founders were no longer employees.

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