Thai electronics firm compensates exploited workers

15 Jan
Thai electronics firm compensates exploited workers  

Thousands of workers in Thailand have been awarded compensation through the work of Electronics Watch and Migrant Workers Rights Network. Thomas Reuters Foundation have reported that Burmese migrants who were illegally charged excessive recruitment fees to secure jobs at an electronics manufacturer in Thailand are being compensated in a rare award expected to spotlight a practice known to trap workers in modern slavery.

The estimated $10m settlement is considered to be the largest remediation payment concerning recruitment fees and related costs ever in one company. Electronics Watch, working alongside the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) and Andy Hall, Migrant Workers Rights Specialist, have worked for over 3 years to expose exploitative practices concerning migrant workers in Thailand. The case concerns Cal-Comp Electronics, which supplies companies such as HP, Hitachi Ltd and Konica Minolta.

 

The full article can be read on Thomson Reuters Foundation News.