1,003 factories have been shut down between 1 Jan and 7 May, putting 84,876 workers out work. Many more factories and workers are likely to meet the same fate, according to the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare.
The Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network (ATNC) strongly condemns the closure of the Triumph International Philippines factory inside the FTI Complex in Taguig City and the nearby Star Performance Incorporated as well as the layoff of nearly 50% of the workforce in the Body Fashion Thailand (BFT), Triumph International's Thai subsidiary. (Signatures are being collected in support of the workers in an online petition: http://gopetition.com/online/29350.html.)
On July 13, workers rallied at the office of the Board of Investment, saying that the Board’s support for the investment of Body Fashion (Thailand) Co in Nakhon Sawan lost almost 2,000 of their jobs in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan.
After many members of Triumph International (Thailand) Labour Union had heard rumours that workers may be dismissed, and also that Triumph International factories in other countries have been temporarily shut down, the Human Resources Manager of Body Fashion (Thailand) Ltd., Mr. Prayoon Wonglek, has just notified workers today that Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 June, are special holidays, so they don’t have to come to work because of the reduced quantity of work. Workers will still get their wages as usual. Workers are to return to work on 29 June.