Employment and industrial relations in Thailand
Lead NCPSweden
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO Swedwatch regarding the activities of Mölnlycke operating in Thailand.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies, Human rights
Date9 Apr 2013
Host country(ies)Thailand
Industry sectorManufacturing

In April 2013 the Swedish NCP received a request for review from the NGO Swedwatch alleging that Mölnlycke had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations and human rights provisions of the Guidelines in Thailand.

The NCP undertook an initial assessment and concluded that the specific instance merited further consideration, but, given that the workplace dispute concerning the dismissed workers and trade union members had been resolved and the wokers agreed on a settlement and given that a a social dialogue between between the local company management and the local branch of the trade union had got underway, the NCP considers that there is no reason to formally analyse the specific instance at the present time.

As far as NCP is concerned, the key issue is that Mölnlycke has started work to strengthen consultation between employers and employees according to the Guidelines. The NCP encourages the parties to continue this dialogue. In this context, it may be noted that IF Metall and Unionen, both of which are represented in the Swedish NCP, have been involved in facilitating dialogue between the parties, i.e. the unions and employers in Thailand.

The specific instance was concluded on 23 September 2013.