Thailand

Thailand, Ford Rayong auto plant, Solidarity Center, worker rights,

Through their union, a Solidarity Center partner, workers at the Ford Rayong auto plant in Thailand are paid good wages and work in safe conditions. Credit: Solidarity Center/Julian Hadden

Together with local partners, Solidarity Center supports workers seeking to improve their working conditions despite challenging circumstances: Under Thai labor law, workers in the private sector are severely limited in the right to form and join unions, and employers frequently dismiss workers who are trying to form unions. The courts often take the side of employers and pressure workers to drop their complaints and migrant workers are prohibited from organizing and freedom of association.

The Solidarity Center also joins with Thai unions and community groups in pushing for enforcement of international labor standards and national labor law, protecting the rights of migrant workers, preventing human trafficking and achieving legal redress for trafficking victims, and ensuring workers have access to justice and to the social benefits and protections they are guaranteed under law.

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[Reuters] Thai airport workers seek compensation for lost lunch breaks

"It's hard to imagine a more essential worker than airport security officers in a country that relies predominantly on tourism, and yet what the current exercise of rights has exposed is the systematic undermining of basic rights," said [the Solidarity Center's]...

[The Guardian] Top Thai union leader ‘targeted’ with jail for rail safety campaign

“They are targeting the most senior figure in the trade union movement," said David Welsh for the Solidarity Center, an international workers’ rights group that is advocating for Sawit and other union leaders.

[Reuters] Thailand orders lingerie maker to compensate workers in rare case

“As the primary drivers of factory conditions, it’s a legal fiction to say brands bear no responsibility to contributing to workers’ legal entitlements when conditions they impose result in factory shutdowns,” said [Solidarity Center] country director Dave...
Podcast: Winning Rights for Migrant Workers During COVID-19

Podcast: Winning Rights for Migrant Workers During COVID-19

Migrant workers worldwide have been especially hard hit in the pandemic, suffering reduced pay, lost jobs and little access to social support programs like unemployment insurance. In Thailand, migrant rights groups estimate that since COVID-19, 700,000 workers are...

Thai Unions Rally in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Thai Unions Rally in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

About 50 trade union leaders, staff and members gathered for a rally today to call on the U.S. government to stop police violence, racism and discrimination against black people. The Black Lives Matter rally at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok was organized by the State...

Thai Union Organizer Connects COVID-19 and Worker Rights

Thai Union Organizer Connects COVID-19 and Worker Rights

อ่านบทความเป็นภาษาไทย In Thailand, where automotive assembly plants have temporarily shut down due to COVID-19, the closures have reverberated throughout the country’s supply chain, with many small- and medium-sized businesses laying off workers or freezing or cutting...

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