Labor

Informal labor

Tech meets tradition: Can digital tools boost Cambodia’s informal workers?

At 62 years old Pak Chhen still rises early, often before the sun is up, to travel the rutted roads to Kampot’s sea salt farms, where she procures bulk packages of the product that is destined for markets across the southern province. And while at first ...

STEW POST

Covid Infections, and Blame, Rise Along Southeast Asian Borders

The border between Thailand and Myanmar is more than 1,500 miles long, much of it thickly forested. Myanmar has suffered runaway transmission of the coronavirus. Thailand, so far, has not. But over the past couple of weeks, at least 19 Covid-19 cases in Thailand have been ...

Hannah Beech

A crisis for workers

Venue closure, curfew and state policies enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19 are affecting the labour force severely. Workers experience the impact in different magnitudes, with some getting less pay and seeing their working hours reduced. Others manage to work from home. Some lose ...

MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL

Survey ASEAN youth bullish about impacts of technology on employment

The youth of the ASEAN are highly optimistic about the impacts of technology on their job prospects and incomes, according to a survey from the World Economic Forum. Keep reading ...

Thailand tells illegal workers to leave

Thailand’s Labour Ministry has warned that all migrant workers who missed the March 31 deadline to register must return to their home countries, according to a Myanmar embassy official, who expressed concern that thousands of Myanmar workers might be affected by the order. Keep reading ...

ZAW ZAW HTWE

Which Asian Country has the Highest and Lowest Unemployment Rates

Mongolia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Philippines have the highest employment rates in Asia. By contrast, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos post the lowest unemployment rates. Mongolia has the highest employment rate in Asia with 7.3 per cent. The country has seen a poor labour market with a ...

DataLEADS

Forced labor still rampant in Thai fishing industry

Abuse, forced labor and trafficking continue in Thailand’s fishing industry, says a new report. It comes almost three years after the EU threatened to ban Thai fishing products if Bangkok didn’t get its act in order.Keep reading ...

Ate Hoekstra

Over 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers return from Thailand in single day

About 1,137 Myanmar migrant workers returned home from Thailand on Tuesday, a day after Christmas, according to the Home Affairs Ministry Wednesday.[]The law, which was originally aimed at tackling human trafficking concerns and regulating foreign workers in Thailand, sparked panic and prompted more than 60,000 ...

Yurou

Modern slavery: Corporations take action to free some of the 40 million slave workers

When one of the biggest food companies in the world, Nestle, found slavery in its supply chains in 2015 it made a public admission, a move praised by anti-slavery groups.[]The company’s investigation found many of the workers were from Myanmar and Cambodia. Some had been ...

Imogen Brennan

New Thai regulations for migrants hit by delay

New Thai regulations imposing stiff punishments on undocumented migrants, their brokers and their employers set to come into force on January 1 will likely be delayed by three to six months, according to Cambodian Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng.Keep reading .. ...

Yon Sineat

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