|Myanmar nationals arrested by Thai police officers near an immigration checkpoint of the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sot, Tak province in northern Thailand, July 6, 2010. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA|
Thai police and soldiers stopped a convoy of eight cars loaded with 54 illegal Myanmar migrant workers in Ayutthaya's Bang Pahan district on February 24, reports the Bangkok Post on February 24.
|Myanmar migrant workers check and fold fishing nets after they unload the catch at the fishing port on Si Rae island, off Phuket, southern Thailand, June 13, 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
Thailand’s cabinet has issued a ministerial regulation to reduce the migrant permit fee to only 500 Thai baht, down from the current rate of 2,000 baht, reports The Nation.
|The Clean Clothes Campaign claims that Myanmar workers in Thai garment factories are poorly treated in terms of salaries and working ours. Photo: Clean Clothes Campaign|
Myanmar migrants working in the Thai clothing industry suffer from “wage theft” and gross labour rights abuse, according to a report just released by the Clean Clothes Campaign in conjunction with the MAP Foundation.
Nay Pyi Taw – As much as five percent of Myanmar’s working-age population is engaged in working abroad and some of them are having their rights violated despite have the required work documents, according to Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun.
Aung Kyaw, Chairman of the Migrant Workers’ Rights Network (MWRN) said that Thailand has now permitted Myanmar migrant workers to extend their work permit within one month of its expiry.
Pravit Khiengpol, the Director General of the Department of Employment under the Labour Ministry, Thailand made the announcement at a meeting with MWRN held in Talay Thai Market in Mahachai, Samhutsakorn in Thailand on September 1.