Argentina garment workers return solidarity act to Thai garment workers - protest against Triumph layoffs and arrest warrants at Thai embassy
On 24 September, the groups La Alameda, representatives of garment and shoe factories including Puma, Adidas and Soho, and MTE (street recyclers) marched to the Thai Embassy to hand in a letter and express the solidarity of garment and other workers in Argentina for the garment workers of Triumph and demands to the government to withdraw the arrest warrants against union leaders Jitra and others, stop union-busting, and demand Triumph negotiate with the union and restore the workers’ jobs.
100 workers joined the rally, about 80 of whom were garment workers and 20 from the cartoneros (street recyclers).
The Embassy was notified in advance and 50 police already were there at 8 p.m. There were also many traffic patrollers, who put up barricades. Finally the police issued a charge against Gustavo Vera for creating an obstruction to the public, not giving prior notice for the assembly.
The Thai representative accepted the letter and said that they would pass the message to their government and later give a reply. Gustavo and the group said they would closely follow up the matter and protest again if there was no progress.