A Thai labour tribunal has ordered a construction company to pay over 180 Burmese migrant workers more than US$140,000 in unpaid wages.
A guilty verdict for a British activist in Thailand charged with defamation for alleging ill-treatment of migrant workers at a big fruit company sets an alarming precedent, say rights groups.
The verdict against the prominent migrant rights defender is expected to have a chilling effect on efforts to protect foreign workers in Thailand.
A group of Burmese workers is suing their former employer, a poultry farm in Thailand, for $1.33 million in compensation for alleged abuses.
Some 200 Burmese nationals signed contracts to work in Thailand at a press conference held in Rangoon over the weekend to publicise a new “ethical recruitment” scheme.
The Singaporean and Burmese government must do more to ensure that domestic workers do not face abusive conditions, a migrant worker advocacy group said.