Migrant workers’ group receives International Award

May 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A Burmese migrant labour activist organization had been awarded the International Labour Rights Award for its contribution to the labour rights movement and exposing work-related rights violations. The International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) jointly honoured the Burmese Mig... Read more ►

Migrant workers get half pay, threatened and sacked by employer

March 15, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

Burmese migrant workers from a garment factory in the Thai border town of Mae Sot were threatened and then sacked by their employer earlier this week over a salary dispute. The 18 migrant workers were working at the ‘Two Dragons’ [as known among Burmese migrant w... Read more ►

Mae Sot school bus crash – kills one, injures 29

March 13, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

A school bus with dozens of Burmese migrant children was involved in a collision with a truck. A three-month old baby was killed in the incident and 30 people taken to local hospitals. A media statement from the non-government organization Help Without Frontiers, claimed the... Read more ►

SD Fashion workers struggle to win safer conditions and pay rise, but have to pay more rent

March 1, 2013  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Migrant workers from the SD Fashion Company [also known by its former name “Champion”] in Kham Piban, in Mae Sot negotiated with their employer at the Labor Protection and Welfare Department, the Ministry of Thai Labor an agreement for safer working conditions. The worke... Read more ►

Workers and JACBA help Mae Sot fire victims

February 25, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Victims of the fire that destroyed 24 rooms at the T.K.Lay CMC wool factory in Mae Sot, Thailand received a helping hand from migrant workers and local organisations after their living quarters were destroyed in the blaze. The Mae Sot based organization, Joint Action Committ... Read more ►

Nationality Verification deadlines hundreds of thousands of migrant workers left undocumented

December 15, 2012  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

The Thai government is refusing to extend its deadline for migrant workers to complete the Nationality Verification (NV) process needed to work in Thailand legally from December 14th 2012. The Thai government has said it will deport those migrant workers who failed to regist... Read more ►

Migrant workers miss deadline

December 14, 2012  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Migrant workers from Burma sit on benches in and outside an labor ‘agents’ office on a small dusty road in the back blocks of the Thai border town of Mae Sot. Tiredness is etched on the workers faces as they wait for their names to be called out. Conversations overlap &#... Read more ►

Abhisit promises to push for education funding for border groups

December 13, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The former Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, made a commitment during his visit to the Thai border town of Mae Sot that he would help lobby funders to continue supporting migrant education on the border. Mr. Abhisit visited the Hsa Thoo Lei learning center, a migra... Read more ►

Long delays in getting temporary passport hurting Burmese migrant workers

November 22, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Burmese migrant workers say delays of up to six months in processing their temporary passports so they can get a legal work permit to allow them to work in Thailand is causing them to be harassed by police. “I applied to get temporary passport at an agent based in Mae Sot.... Read more ►

Educational seminar pushes rights for migrant children

November 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Access to further education opportunities for migrant children was the subject of a seminar held in the Thai border town of Mae Sot this week. The Thailand based educational organization, Bridging Education Access to Migrants (BEAM), and the Burma Migrant Teachers Associatio... Read more ►

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