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31 Dec 2023

By Lauren Crosby Medlicott, i (UK)

‘I’m suing Tesco after working 99-hour weeks – I can’t afford to feed my child’

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A group of migrants from Myanmar who say they worked 99-hour weeks making jeans for Tesco in Thailand claim their lawsuit against the retailer has left them struggling to feed their families.

The 130 migrants worked at the VK Garments factory …

They sued Tesco in the English High Court for alleged negligence in 2022.

Tesco denies the accusations and has previously said the allegations against its supplier were “incredibly serious”…

However they say it is not enough, and that they are yet to receive any compensation…

One former worker, Thi Thi Aye said she had been forced to borrow money to take care of her two-year-old son after she was dismissed from the factory….

Also facing legal action as part of the UK case is Ek Chai, previously the Thai branch of Tesco’s business, and Intertek, the auditors…

Workers are hoping for compensation from Tesco, Ek Chai, and Intertek for wrongdoing because “they didn’t act reasonably in preventing the harms to workers”, according to Ms Dudhia.

Tesco, Ek Chai, and Intertek have denied all the allegations, and the case is still ongoing.

Tesco did not reply to a request for comment, but it has previously called the allegations “incredibly serious”…