Cambodia’s modern slavery nightmare: the human trafficking crisis overlooked by authorities

t 3.28am on 29 June 2021, Xu Mingjian crept out of a dorm room inside a gated compound in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and made his way to the second floor, where his friend, another victim of trafficking, was waiting. The two had hatched a desperate plan to ...

Lindsey Kennedy, Nathan Paul Southern and Huang Yan

Changes to workplace relocation laws in Thailand

Under the old law, relocation to another existing work location of the employer, such as to another branch, would not fall within the scope of workplace relocation (Section 120 of the LPA), which requires employee consent, but would instead constitute a change in employment conditions. ...

Thailand ramps up fight against forced labor with stricter law

 Thailand will use a newly amended law to crack down on forced labor with hefty fines and prison time, a move analysts said could help curb exploitative practices against migrant workers. The Southeast Asian nation, which has come under scrutiny for slavery and trafficking in ...

Rina Chandran

Is Chinese Investment Good for Workers?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a $1 trillion plan to deepen economic relations between itself and up to 60 other countries worldwide through large investments in infrastructure, construction, and other projects. Many commentators have considered the significance of Belt and Road from a political, ...

ChinaFile Reporter

Govt to punish agencies sending workers abroad illegally

The government will revoke the licences of labour recruitment agencies that are sending domestic workers illegally for employment abroad, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe warned on Monday. He said individuals operating these errant agencies would also be blacklisted, adding that ...

Myanmar workers shunned by employers due to tough law

Hundreds of unregistered Myanmar workers on Friday returned home as employees dared not hire them because of tougher punishments under the new executive decree on the recruitment of foreign workers, which imposes fines as high as 800,000 baht.Read more ...

Uproar over new labour law

The private sector says local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, are likely to be hurt by the new Royal Decree on Recruitment of Foreigners, as the tighter law with massive fines for employers could cut SMEs’ competitive advantage at a time when the economy has ...

Doctors' deaths spur call for new law

Medical networks have urged the government to roll out a law regulating working conditions for medical staff after the deaths of several doctors were linked to their heavy workloads and poor working environment.Read more  ...

350 garment workers go on strike

Over 350 garment workers from the Join-Profit garment factory Industrial Zone (3) of Hlaing Tharyar, launched a strike on May 17, asking for labour rights as factory officials had committed violations, say strike workers. “We were not allowed to take any leave although it has been prescribed ...

Labour ministry reviewing agencies deposit fee order

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is now reviewing its deposit fee order for overseas employment agencies, according to an official in charge of migration at the ministry. The ministry’s Migration Department Director General U Thein Win told The Myanmar Times on Friday that ...

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