A Facebook post that alerted a group of Burmese migrants to their own exploitation has triggered a landmark case on the rights of 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.
The move comes less than two months after a group of Burmese poultry farm workers in Thailand accused their former employer of forcing them to work under slave-like conditions.
Food giant Betagro issued a statement on Wednesday saying it had “stopped business operations with the farm until there is a solution for the labour conflict.”
Migrant workers in chicken processing plants throughout Thailand are routinely abused by their employers, according to a new report on the country’s booming poultry industry.
Restrictions on the movement and sale of poultry are in place as a H5N1 outbreak takes hold in Sagaing Division.