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21 Feb 2019

Electronics Watch

Thailand: NGOs report attempts to detect, remedy & prevent excessive recruitment fees & related forced labour risk have yet to prove effective

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"Call to Industry to Prevent Forced Labour Risks", 21 February 2019

Electronics Watch and our monitoring partner, the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN), have for over two years been documenting excessive recruitment-related fees and expenses that migrant workers from Myanmar pay to get a job at two sites of Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand). While working conditions have improved in some respects following buyer intervention, industry attempts to detect, remedy and prevent excessive recruitment fees and related forced labour risk have not yet been effective.

Electronics Watch and MWRN therefore call for Cal-Comp to urgently:

  • Fully reimburse all migrant workers who have paid illegal and excessive recruitment fees

  • Prevent forced labour risks through zero-cost recruitment in accordance with the widely endorsed Employer Pays Principle. Cal-Comp should itself pay migrant workers' total recruitment-related service fees and expenses in advance and ensure recruitment agents do not themselves charge workers fees...

Read the full statement, the remedy proposal, and the Cal-Comp report