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<p>On May Day, labour activists across Thailand assembled to call for a better welfare state and fair working conditions.</p> <p>International Workers’ Day or May Day this year saw the Rangsit and Area Labour Union travel to Pathum Thani to deliver a petition to the provincial governor. The petition mades eight demands: &nbsp;</p>
<p>Labour activists in South Korea and Indonesia have displayed banners to campaign for the release of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 1 May 2017, International Labour Day, many labour activists and others in South Korea and Indonesia displayed banners at labour rallies in support of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a long-time labour activist imprisoned for lèse majesté.</p>
<p>A provincial court in southern Thailand has dismissed charges of human trafficking filed by Cambodian workers against a Thai fishing boat captain and a fish market owner. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>On 22 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Ranong read the verdict&nbsp;in a case filed by Ranong public prosecutors against Banjob Kaenkaew, a fishing boat captain, and Somchai Jettanapornsamran, owner of a fish market based in Samut Sakhon.</p>
By SEA Junction |
<div> <div id="gmail-id_5887244a86ce52b61389839">In recent years, the harsh labor practices and poor living and work conditions of migrants from Cambodia and Myanmar in the fishing and seafood industry in Thailand have received international attention and prompted demands for systemic reform. Photographer Rahman Mahmud’s insights powerfully illustrate the Cambodian migrant children, women and men who sustain the industry with their exploited labor. In his words: “I have spent hours during the day in a fishing pier. </div></div>
By Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) |
<p>On 29 December 2016,&nbsp;Mr. Sai Kein, a migrant worker&nbsp;from Myanmar, has authorized a representative to bring the case to the Labour Court of Samut Sakhon against the Social Security Office in Nakhon Pathom&nbsp;as defendant no.&nbsp;1&nbsp;and the Workmen’s Compensation Fund Committee, defendant no.&nbsp;2. It has stemmed from that the WCF Committee&nbsp;had issued a decision no. NT&nbsp;0030.1/33948&nbsp;dated&nbsp;18&nbsp;November 2016 on ‘the result of the appeal regarding the directive on compensation’ which denied Mr.</p>
By Greenpeace |
<p>Greenpeace’s 12-month long investigation exposes the activities of Thailand’s rogue overseas fishing fleets, the companies behind them and their supply chain connections to export markets including Australia, the US and Europe.</p>
By International Labour Organisation (ILO) |
<p>Overworked and undervalued, women migrant workers in the Thai construction and domestic work sectors are regularly discriminated against and often lack labour protection. Women currently make up approximately half of all documented migrant workers in ASEAN, but their experiences are often shaped by their gender and are markedly different to the experiences of men.&nbsp;<br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a long-time labour activist turned lèse majesté suspect, will be the first non-Korean activist to be awarded a prestigious prize by Korean trade unions.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has announced it will award Somyot Prueksakasemsuk with the Jeon Tae-il Labour Prize to recognise his dedication to labour rights, <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1128777/somyot-wins-prestigious-korean-trade-union-award">the Bangkok Post reported</a>.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Migrant workers from Myanmar have filed a lawsuit against Betagro, a major food conglomerate, accusing the company of serious violations of labour rights.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last Friday, 2 September 2016, 14 migrant workers from Myanmar employed in one of Betagro’s subsidiary chicken farms in Lopburi Province filed a lawsuit against the company to the 1st Region Labour Court in Saraburi Province, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BBCThai/photos/a.1527194487501586.1073741828.1526071940947174/1817126681841697/?type=3&amp;theater">the BBC Thai reported</a>.</p>
<p>A fruit company in southern Thailand has given at least 1,500 workers the choice of moving to factories in other provinces or losing their jobs. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Suchat Phrommit and Somchok Sakkana, technicians employed at a factory of the Dole Company (Thailand), a fruit producer, in Tha Sae District of the southern province of Chumphon, on Monday, 25 July 2016, asked for assistance from government agencies,&nbsp;<a href="http://manager.co.th/South/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9590000073900">Manager Online reported</a>.</p>
<p>Thai employers are seriously abusing migrant workers from Myanmar on chicken farms, according to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN).</p> <p>At around 11 am on Thursday, 7 July 2016, staff of the MWRN and representatives of 14 migrant workers from Myanmar who had been employed on a chicken farm in Lopburi Province belonging to Betagro Company, a large agricultural and food products conglomerate in Thailand, submitted a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).</p>
<div>The ambiguity and legal loopholes of the Public Assembly Act make it difficult for the labour movement to hold assemblies. Labour unionists are calling for the authorities to come up with a clear framework of practical law enforcement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday, 25 March 2016, the Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand, in coordination with IndustriALL Global Union, held a seminar on the 2014 Public Assembly Act and its impact on the exercise of labour rights under the 1975 Labour Relations Act. </div>