Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand

A “mafia” of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom’s notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say. Keep reading ...

Cambodia’s inequality reduction rank down: Oxfam

Oxfam has indicated that Cambodia ranked 121 out of 157 countries in this year’s inequality index, a drop when compared to last year’s position of 111 out of 152 countries. The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2018 said Cambodia’s current ranking is attributed to poor ...

Labor Migration as Complementary Pathways for Refugees in the Asia-Pacific

This working paper examines whether legal labour migration schemes can be opened to humanitarian migrants who may otherwise become targets for migrant smugglers. Keep reading ...

Jay Song

Wages first, productivity later?

The January 2 decision by the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage to increase the minimum wage has left many dissatisfied, particularly within the garment sector. []In Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, the garment sectors are about six times more productive than in Myanmar, while Cambodia and ...

ANDREW THOMSON

Two Thai companies face flak over practices in Cambodia and Myanmar

Thai overseas investments in Cambodia and Myanmar have come under criticism for irresponsible business operations and human rights violation, which has also led to the first-ever class-action lawsuit against a Thai company in its home country. Keep reading ...

PRATCH RUJIVANAROM

Pregnant migrant workers in Asia face discrimination, deportation: report

Women migrant workers in parts of Asia risk being deported if they become pregnant, forcing many to have unwanted abortions or abandon their newborns, researchers said on Monday. Migrant workers in garment and footwear factories are forced to undergo regular pregnancy tests, according to the ...

Anuradha Nagaraj

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

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

Government experts discuss occupational health and safety

Experts from several ministries and international organisations met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss and share experiences as part of framing a draft regulation for occupational health and safety. The creation of the Management of Occupational Safety and Health Decree is in line with the Ministry ...

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  ...

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