Ms. Malaiwan Chadawipoo, a unionized worker of the
bottle lid factory: "I've met many people. I've got
new friends. It was fun. I've seen solidarity and unity
of my labour union, also of others. If this event is organized
again, I would like to see more factory workers come to
Mr. Johan Utang, a garment worker of the Solidarity
Group: "I was impressed because it is rare to have
joint activities with other Labour friends. And usually,
I've seen sports games on television, which show conflict,
fighting or quarrel. But on the day of workers solidarity
Olympics, there was no fighting and this is very impressive.
I would like these activities to be organized again as I
would like to meet friends who are workers like me."
Ms. Waewdown Kaewkasem, former garment worker. She
is now working with the network of home based workers in
"The activities were good. It was the first time that
most of the workers met labour friends from other countries.
Usually, the workers play sports with their colleagues in
a factory but this event gave them a chance to join in an
international activity. It was so fun and excited to see
the lively cheering crowd and dancing cheerleaders in colourful
dressed up. It showed the creative ideas of the workers.
I think this kind of event should be organized again. If
it is organized continuously, the workers' relationship
will be tightened. Also they have a chance to learn, share
and open their conception of the world. On the other hand,
I think that members of the textile, garment and leather
workers federation should see importance of this activity
and join more which means the event would get more achievement.
For the working team on organizing the event, they should
have better preparation."
Mr. Tara Sawangtam, a railway worker. Railway is
one of the state-owned enterprises in Thailand:
"On the 'Workers Solidarity Olympics Day', I also joined
in the activities and I was impressed by the workers solidarity,
no matter they are Thai or foreign. They all came to meet
and join in the sports activities for the unity. The worker
is the one who creates the world. The Olympics Games have
made people involved and athletes being rich from big contracts
and brand name sportswear. The workers are not rich though
they produce the products. Thus, from now on I would like
fair practice occur to the workers. And as a rail worker,
I would like to cheer them up for keeping on struggle."
Ms. Sunee Narmso, a garment worker of the Solidarity
Group; workers based enterprise: "I'm glad that I had
opportunity to join the 'Workers Solidarity Olympics Day'.
I feel impressed when I saw different organizations aware
of the importance of workers."
Ms. Wilaiwan Saetia, the president of the Labour
Solidarity Committee of Thailand: "The activity has
built solidarity among Thai workers, also between Thai and
foreign workers. And the campaign has made awareness that
garment workers earn very little compared to big corporate
profits. This is an injustice in sportswear industry. Though
this time, activities organizing were in a hitch, activities
did not run smoothly. I think that it should have more participants;
anyway I would like this kind of activities to be organized
in the next four years. I guess that it was the first time
and the publication was not done well enough. I really hope
that in the next four years, the Workers Solidarity Olympics
day would be organized again and I think that there would
be more people come to join. My colleagues and I will join
more in the sports activities if we are told in advance
and have enough time of practicing. For the next time, I
would not like the activities to be a race for being the
first or second winner or for the award money. For example,
in my opinion awards for 'short story competition' could
be like free trip with seminar, forum to share and express
ideas about their short stories or training."