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5 Sep 2016

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AFP

Myanmar migrant workers file lawsuit in Thai court against Betagro over forced labour allegations

"Myanmar workers sue Thai food titan for labour abuse", 2 Sep 2016

A group of Myanmar migrants filed a lawsuit...against a major Thai food exporter over allegations of forced labour on a chicken farm, as accusations of abuse dog the kingdom's multi-billion-dollar poultry industry. Thailand's seafood sector has gained global notoriety for using trafficked labour and subjecting boat crews to slave-like conditions. But the poultry industry, which exports around a third of its broiler meat to Europe, has largely evaded scrutiny. Fourteen migrant workers are now demanding US$1.3 million in compensation for being overworked and underpaid on a Thai chicken farm, said Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN), a group that helped them launch the case. The labourers said they were forced to work gruelling 20 hour days that included sleeping in chicken rearing areas on the Lopburi farm that supplied meat to Betagro - a Thai food conglomerate with clients around the globe. Their suit, filed at a labour court in Saiburi province, demands compensation from Betagro, the supplier farm - Thammakaset Farm 2 - and Thai officials, said Andy Hall of MWRN...