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1 Mar 2016

Agence France-Presse

Myanmar migrant workers win $1.3m from Thai tuna firm

A Thai tuna processing factory has agreed to pay staff $1.3m compensation for labour abuses…in a rare victory for migrant workers in the country’s scandal-stricken seafood industry. Hundreds of Myanmar labourers at Golden Prize Tuna Canning, a processing plant in Samut Sakhon…, have spent months seeking compensation for exploitative working conditions…Rights groups say Golden Prize workers had long been subject to unlawfully low salaries, supervisor abuse and a lack of compensation for machine accidents…Andy Hall, a British labour activist who has been assisting the Myanmar workers at Golden Prize, said he suspects the spectre of costly trade bans was finally forcing the government to act. “To get a dispute like this that involves so much money and actually have it settled is very unprecedented,” he said.