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COVID-19: A time for businesses to act responsibly in ensuring justice for migrant workers

[Recommendations to employers in summary:]

  1. Employers must ensure that all salaries are paid in full and without delays...
  2. Employers must not deduct wages for time away from work... COVID-19, which must be treated as an occupational illness...
  3. Employers must not impose or coerce workers into new contracts
  4. Companies should ensure that there are no cash flow issues that will affect payment of wages to workers in the supply chain...
  5. Companies should observe and comply with all applicable laws, regulations in accordance to international standards and with collective agreements...
  6. Companies should take measures to ensure workers’ labour rights are respected regardless of their migratory status...
  7. Any contractual change must be temporary, and mutually agreed with workers...
  8. Companies should encourage governments to include migrant workers in any and all social safety net schemes...
  9. When contracts are terminated, companies should observe their obligations...
  10. Companies must continue to provide food and accommodation for laid off migrant workers...
  11. Companies should take into account the consequences of lay-offs and other employment measures on the visa status of their migrant workers...
  12. During the recovery period, companies should prioritize reinstating repatriated workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic...
  13. Companies should cooperate with the national claims commission...
  14. As an expression of solidarity and social responsibility, companies could make monetary contributions to a compensation fund.

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