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5 April 2020

300 Myanmar migrant wokers in Thailand were detained after attempting to return home despite the COVID-19 travel ban

Author: Kyaw Lwin Oo, Khet Mar & Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia

"Myanmar Migrant Workers Risk Fines And Jail to Get Home Amid COVID-19 Exodus", 2 April 2020...

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Article
4 April 2020

Commentary: Cleaners as prime candidates to become economic victims of COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Poonam Datar, Cleaning Accountability Framework

"Cleaners are our frontline defence", 1 April 2020...

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4 April 2020

Commentary: Farmworkers are among groups most at risk for COVID-19 & need access to health care, incl. fully staffed field hospitals

Author: Greg Asbed, New York Times

"What happens if America's 2.5 million farmworkers get sick?" 3 April 2020...

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Article
3 April 2020

Australia: Migrant workers on temporary visas are not eligible for COVID-19 crisis wage subsidy

Author: Ben Doherty, Josh Taylo & Paul Karp, The Guardian

"'Left with nothing': Australia's migrant workforce face destitution without coronavirus safety net", 1  April 2020...

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Story
3 April 2020

Outreach to companies on COVID-19 regarding the protection of migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE

In early March reports emerged of a sudden jump in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 among migrant construction workers quarantined in a labour camp in Qatar. The Qatari government responded by locking down camps 1 to 32. An outbreak in these...

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Article
3 April 2020

Thailand: Patagonia works with supplier to refund recruitment fees illegally charged to migrant workers

Author: Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Thomson Reuters Foundation

“Thai clothing factory compensates exploited migrant workers”, 03 April 2020...

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Story
3 April 2020

UAE: NGO calls out "discriminatory" roll back of protections on migrant worker contracts during Covid-19 outbreak

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the UAE labour ministry made the decision in March to allow companies to "restructure the contractual relationship" with their employers, including cutting salaries and putting workers on paid leave. ...

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Report
2 April 2020

Japan: Industry initiative publishes declaration on responsible recruitment and working conditions of foreign workers

Author: The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain

"The Tokyo Declaration on the Responsible Acceptance of Foreign Workers in Japan"...

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Article
1 April 2020

Commentary: US economic relief package shortchanges workers

Author: Human Rights Watch

The United States government’s US$2 trillion economic package passed in response to COVID-19 contains important protections but will leave many low-income people unable to afford life necessities... “The CARES Act is an important step, but not enough...

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Article
1 April 2020

India: Thousands of migrant garment workers stranded in cramped factory hostels amid lockdown

Author: Anuradha Nagaraj, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Coronavirus threatens Indian garment workers stranded in factory housing", 30 March 2020...

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