Mr Lee Myung –Bak
Sub; Release all jailed Ssangyong strikers immediately
On behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are writing to express our deep concern over the mass arrests of workers and members of the Korean Metal Workers' Union who took part in a sit-in strike at the Ssangyong Motor plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi province.
we have been shocked to witness your Government's brutal response to this legitimate industrial dispute, specifically, the dropping of corrosive chemicals from helicopters, brutal attacks from teaser guns that have inflicted life threatening injuries and the denial of access to food, water and even basic medical treatment for the injured. Violating human rights by denying their citizens food, water, medicine is unacceptable behavior from the state in any situation.
we strongly urge you to: immediately release all imprisoned union leaders and Ssangyong workers; drop all charges (criminal and civil) against individuals and organizations involved in the strike; and take a role in ensuring good faith, genuine negotiations towards guaranteeing the KMWU Ssangyong Motor members employment security.
An early action will be highly appreciated
(Haji Muhammad saeed Arian) (Mrs Atia Saleem)
Founder/Secretary General Chairperson
Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)
Registered with (NIRC) Ministry of Labour & Manpower
Government of Pakistan
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