Migration and Labour

Migrant Workers Desperate for any Assistance

Nov 5th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

Floods have inundated their workplaces and residences. They have lost their incomes as many factories have been temporarily shut. Living without food and money in a foreign country is a nightmare for them. The plight of those migrant workers who cannot speak Thai in this time is even worse. With limited numbers of officials and [...]

Burmese Migrant Workers Exploited Fleeing Floods

Oct 25th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

Burmese migrant workers escaping Thailand’s worst floods in decades have been seized by the Thai authorities due to problems with their working address or legal status, according to the Irrawaddy News. Some Burmese migrant workers do not have any legal documents while others work legally but are not allowed to leave their province of employment. [...]

Escaping from Burma but Falling into Slavery

Oct 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

Khun Mint spins in circles on his small motorcycle, joyfully kicking up gravel on a rural road just south of Bangkok, Thailand. It’s hard to express the excitement he feels to have two feet squarely on land. That’s because the 23 year-old Burmese migrant laborer spent the last year working on a Thai fishing boat. [...]

Court Rules Against Deportation Order For Leader Of Migrants’ Trade Union

Sep 16th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

A Seoul court on 15th September ruled against a government decision to deport a Filipino national heading a trade union for migrant workers in Korea, saying that his stay here is based on legitimate procedures. The Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favour of Michel Catuira, 38, who filed a suit against the Korean Immigration Service [...]

Minimum Wage in Thailand Not Likely to Apply to Migrants

Aug 31st, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

After coming to power partly on promises of raising the country’s minimum wage, Thailand’s new prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is under growing pressure to hike the price of a day’s work to at least 300 baht (US $10). However, even if she does go through with her plan, it is unlikely that migrant workers—most of [...]

$3.2m Lawsuit for Defending Burmese Migrants

Feb 27th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

A Malaysia-based Japanese multinational is lining up a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against a lawyer who is defending a group of Burmese workers threatened with deportation. Electrical components’ company Asahi Kosei has denied allegations lodged by lawyer Charles Hector that it attempted to deport two workers back to Burma. The two men are among 31 [...]

Govt Turns Away Donations for Workers

Feb 9th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration has refused to accept Rp 15 million ($1,700) in cash that was raised by a migrant workers’ advocacy group to help repatriate hundreds of Indonesian workers who are in trapped in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, saying the money was delivered to the wrong government body. “They sent it to the [...]

Guest Workers Face Hard Life in Malaysia

Feb 9th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

For nearly 100 Vietnamese women workers of the Maxter Glove Co in Klang City in the central Malaysian state of Selanggor, home is not a cozy and comfortable place to hang out; they live on the back of old container trucks. Each container, which measures less than 15 square metres wide and 2.5 metres high, [...]

Injured Burmese Migrant Construction Worker Tied to Bed

Feb 9th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

The Building and Wood Workers International is outraged to hear of the treatment of Charlie Tiyu, a Burmese migrant worker working in Thailand’s construction industry. Charlie’s hip was broken and his intestine burst from his stomach in a workplace accident on January 9 at Charoen Pokphand’s food processing plant in Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo [...]

Burmese Migrant Workers: Caught between a Tyrant and a Tiger

Jan 26th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Migration and Labour

Malaysia’s economic boom has been driven by the exploitation of cheap migrant labour, from Burma and Thailand. Underpaid and with no rights, this is their story from The Guardian, UK. They were not illegal, nor criminals, not protesting nor agitating. For 900 Malaysian ringgits (around $290) a month they had travelled, through a broker, to [...]