28 Oct 2011
We, the undersigned 107 organizations, groups and networks are disturbed that the Malaysian government has proceeded to table, and get it passed speedily on 6/10/2011 at the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representative) the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2011 despite protests from workers, trade unions and civil society. The proposed changes to the Employment Act would be most detrimental to worker rights, trade unions and the existing just direct 2-party employment relationship between worker and end-user (the principal). Malaysia’s action goes contrary to justice.
30 Jul 2011
Brussels, 29 July 2011 (ITUC OnLine): The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) denounces the decision of the Thai Labour Court which upheld management’s right to dismiss seven officers of the State Railway Workers' Union of Thailand (SRUT) for their part in a safety-related industrial action two years ago. The court further allowed a fine of 15 million Thai Bhat (~353,000 €).
24 Jun 2011
Human rights defender Mr Charles Hector Fernandez is facing trial on 28-29 June 2011 for allegedly defaming Japanese-owned company Asahi Kosei (M) Shd. Bhd in Selangor, Malaysia. As the trial date is nearing, the Court has handed down a decision dated 11 April 2011 which appears to have concluded that that the defendant is guilty. Charles Hector Fernandez is a well-known human rights defender and lawyer who has represented workers and migrants for many years.
18 Feb 2011
The Union is appalled by the reaction of Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn.Bhd., a subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd, in going after persons who highlighted the plight of Burmese migrant workers who work in the company’s factory. We call for the immediate withdrawal of the threat of a legal suit demanding RM10,000,000-00 from Mr. Charles Hector for highlighting worker rights and human rights violation that were happening to the said 31 workers.
14 Feb 2011
According to press statements issued by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF), Mr. Charlee Diyo, a 33 year old migrant worker from Myanmar, had a work related accident and continues to suffer from occupational injuries which caused severe damage to his intestines. After an operation, his intestines remain outside of his body. He also has a broken pelvis that is causing him intense pain as his treatment continues in the Police General Hospital in Bangkok.
14 Feb 2011
We, the undersigned 69 organizations, groups and networks are shocked at how Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn Bhd has unjustly treated its workers, in particular the 31 Burmese Migrant Workers, working at the factory at Lot 3377, Jalan Perusahaan Utama, Taman Industri Selesa Jaya, 43300 Balakong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
21 Jan 2011
We, the undersigned 53 organizations, groups and networks are appalled that the Malaysian Government is now asking about 1.5 million migrant workers themselves, and not their employers, to buy a new Foreign Workers Hospitalisation and Surgical Insurance. If these migrant workers do not do so, the Malaysian government is threatening not to renew their work permits. The Malaysian Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, also stated that the worker’s work permits will not be renewed if there are outstanding hospital bills.
17 Dec 2010
On International Migrant’s Day (18th December 2010), the State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC), the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) and the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) requests the Royal Thai Government (RTG) to re-open registration for all migrants in Thailand, review its deportation policy, cooperate with the United Nations in examination of violation of migrant rights, repeal discriminatory policies affecting migrants including wage deductions for a deportation fund and formulate long term migration policies in response to actual
25 Oct 2010
Three rights groups in Thailand have today called on Ban Ki-moon, the United Nation’s (UN) Secretary General, to intervene to prevent further abuse of Myanmar migrants deported from Thailand. The UN Secretary General will visit Bangkok on Tuesday as a guest of the Royal Thai Government (RTG).
22 Oct 2010
Civil society organizations from various countries call for public attention to the plight of Burmese and Sri Lankan migrant workers in Malaysia. 000 We, the undersigned 71 civil society organizations and groups, would like to express our serious concern that JVC has indicated that they will not re-new the employment contracts of Pa Pa Aye and 15 other Burmese women migrant workers, who lodged a claim at the Labour Department claiming worker rights that the JVC company had violated, amongst them the wrongful deduction of their wages to recover levy that employers have to pay when they employ foreign workers. The other 7 workers, who complained, whose contract was renewed in August, will also be terminated and repatriated. The information contained in this statement has been provided by the affected workers.
13 Sep 2010
(11 Sept) The demands of the 1,000 striking workers at the Dechanpanich Fishing Net Factory in Khon Kaen continue to fall on deaf ears.
10 Sep 2010
Holding a temporary passport has given no protection of the rights of Burmese workers at the Dechapanich Fishing Net Factory in Khon Kaen. The workers have to work one and a half hours free every day from 5.00pm to 6.30pm to pay off the cost of the passport and are not allowed to maintain possession of their passports. When six workers were fired for taking more than three days leave a month, they demanded the return of their personal documents, and found that the word “cancel” had been casually written next to their visa.