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Migrant workers excluded from maternity leave
by Mirjam van Heugten published 29-08-2013 last modified 09-09-2013 19:51 — filed under: , ,
In August, long time CCC partner the MAP Foundation in Thailand publicized the outrageous proposal by a senior official at the Thai Ministry of Labour. The proposal states that migrant workers should be excluded from the right to maternity leave, child allowance and unemployment benefits.
Located in News / / 08 / 29
OECD complaint after forced settlement
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In 2011, 22 workers at the Mölnlycke factory were dismissed after the management accused them of “striking illegally”. The Thai Industrial Relations Committee (IRC), which looks into labour conflicts in the country, investigated the incident and concluded that the workers had to be reemployed. The case went to court after the management refused to reinstate them. In 2013 the case was settled and an OECD complaint was filed to question the outcome once more.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Sentenced to 11 years in prison
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Somyot, a Thai labour rights activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in detention since April 2011 for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the king. He was sentenced to eleven years imprisonment in January 2013, with an appeal still pending.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Union leaders finally acquitted
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In August 2009 the Bangkok police issued arrest warrants against three union activists for their role in a peaceful demonstration against the dismissal of nearly 2,000 workers at the Body Fashion Thailand factory, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triumph International. The case went on for several years until it was finally resolved in 2013, when the accused were acquitted.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Support Somyot on Labour Day
by Mirjam van Heugten published 01-05-2014 last modified 01-05-2014 08:47 — filed under: ,
Today we celebrate International Labour Day with our friends and allies from around the world. May 1st is recognised around the world as International Labour Day or International Worker's Day. We need your support to demand the immediate release of the well-known Thai human-rights activist and journalist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. Tell Thailand's Prime Minister to free Somyot.
Located in News / / 05 / 01
Books and plastic replicas of prison food: a visit to Somyot
by geertjan published 14-11-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:51 — filed under: ,
In November, our colleague Marcella Kraay visited Somyot in prison in Thailand.
Located in News / / 11 / 14
Large public procurer in Norway publicly supports dismissed Thai workers
by geertjan published 18-10-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , ,
The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, the largest public procurer in the health sector in Norway, publicly supports a number of dismissed Thai workers at Mölnlycke Health Care (Thailand) Ltd. The company which produces hospital gowns sacked 22 unionized workers in September 2011 following their participation in what the gown manufacturer describes as an 'illegal strike'.
Located in News / / 10 / 18
Free Somyot! Freedom of speech is not a crime
by geertjan published 05-09-2012 last modified 25-04-2013 13:43 — filed under: , ,
On 19 September the Thai Criminal Court will announce the date of the verdict of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist in Thailand. He can face 30 years in prison. We need your voice again, so let it be loud!
Located in News / / 09 / 05
First time victory: Migrant workers receive minimum wage in Thailand
by geertjan published 20-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , ,
For the first time, migrant workers in the Mae Sot area successfully demanded wages in accordance with the new legal minimum wage. Factory owner M Apparel (one of Lee's suppliers) gave into the demand of 323 (mostly female) workers after negotiations with the workers who received support of MAP foundation and Yaung Chi Oo Worker Association.
Located in News / / 06 / 20
Updates from the Somyot trial in Thailand
by geertjan published 19-01-2012 last modified 25-04-2013 13:39 — filed under: ,
On January 16th, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, editor of “Voice of Taksin” magazine, was brought to Nakornsawan Provincial Court for the third hearing of the prosecution witnesses. More than 40 supporters and family attended, including an international observer, John Maynard, the president of the Postal Workers Union of Australia, and long time friend of Somyot’s.
Located in News / / 01 / 19