By Jackie Pollock
"It reveals that even after the Burmese migrants had got their legal documents, it does not improve working conditions," says Jackie Pollock, director of the Migrant Assistance Programme Foundation, a labour rights lobby based in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.
Yet Hall and Pollock
confirmed during interviews that the very act of the migrants striking for a week has much to do with the NV status that the Burmese
"Previously, employers would have sacked the striking workers," says Pollock
Jackie Pollock, the founder of MAP, told The Irrawaddy that the workers visas are now good for two years.
said the five workers can not return to their jobs in the factory.
Other issues will be negotiated on Tuesday, she
said, "They (the factory) don't pay the minimum wage and they make workers put in long hours and work at night without any extra pay because they say that's to pay off the passports.
But the workers have done that for nine months.
There has to be really strong law enforcement against confiscating the passports," said Pollock