Thailand: Labour group says phase 1 of ILO’s Good Labour Practices program “ineffective in significantly improving workers’ conditions”

Author: Neil Ramsden, Undercurrent News, Published on: 15 October 2015

“Labor rights group: Thai abuses go on in certified, audited factories”, 15 Oct 2015

The Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) and activist Andy Hall have warned that too little in Thailand has changed so far regarding labor abuse, though Thai Union Group and Charoen Pokphand Foods were singled out as notable exceptions to this…The challenges found in most factories these days particularly concern systematic migrant worker rights abuses in the form of abusive broker practices…unlawful deductions from salaries, confiscation of worker documents and physical or psychologically abusive supervisors or management behaviour…Signs of forced labour and debt bondage remain far too prevalent…MWRN continues to see these abuses occurring systematically in factories that have been certified by numerous international standards bodies; passed industry audits; and signed up for and completed activities under the Phase 1 GLP [Good Labor Practices] Program…Overall, MWRN considers Phase 1 to so far have been "relatively ineffective in significantly improving" workers' conditions…

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Related companies: CP (Charoen Pokphand) Thai Union Group