By SeafoodSource staff
Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Police threatened workers and fired shots into the air as a dispute involving about 800 Cambodian workers at Phatthana Seafood Co. Ltd. in Thailand’s Songkhla province escalated yesterday, a workers’ representative said.
Sok Sorng said “many police” had threatened workers with guns as more than 1,000 workers, including some from Myanmar and Thailand, rallied against management locking them out of the factory, which is believed to be a supplier of retail giant Walmart, a day after they went on strike over wages.
“There were so many police deployed in front of the factory,” he said.
Police had threatened to shoot workers if they entered the factory, and fired their guns into the air to disperse the crowd, Sok Sorng said.
“They wanted us to be scared,” he said.
“No one was injured during this incident, because we did not want to see any violence . . . we decided to go back to our rental house. We will protest again until we get a solution.”