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Thailand’s migrant workers protest – Retail in Asia

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Thailand’s migrant workers protest

Recent protests by thousands of migrant workers in Songkla and Kanchanaburi has exposed further evidence of how Thai exporters to giant American, European and Australian food chains have gone unaudited.

Thousands of Cambodian and Burmese workers claimed during strikes early this month at Pattana Seafood factory in Songkla they were being seriously exploited. They accused their employer of reducing meal allowances, docking their pay for so called "bondage payments" and holding their passports to prevent them from leaving.

One of the striking workers said the company has reduced their food allowance (THB20 (USD0.65) per day) and decreased the attendance bonus (from THB400 every two weeks to THB300 per month) from the new wage of THB247 since 1 April.