Sunday, 13 May 2012

Anatomy of a migrant strike

New Mandala has an account of a recent strike by workers at the SD Fashion (formerly "Champion") factory in Mae Sot.  This account has also been reprinted in Mizzima News:
On Friday, 4 May 2012 about 500 Myanmar migrant workers employed at the SD Fashion/Idea Garment factory in Mae Sot, Tak Province, claimed victory in a struggle against their employer for increased wages and improved living and working conditions.  The workers achieved a doubling of their wages as a result of a two-day wildcat strike they initiated on Wednesday 2 May.  This case is just one of a string of collective actions carried out by migrants in Songkla, Kanchanaburi and Tak Provinces following the 1 April increase in Thailand’s minimum wage.

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