Re­searchers al­lege abuse at Thai fac­to­ries

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIED­S - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Poul­try ex­ported to Europe from fac­to­ries in Thai­land is some­times pre­pared in con­di­tions that vi­o­late labour rights, two Scan­di­na­vian groups pro­mot­ing cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity charged Thurs­day. The claim comes as Thai­land’s seafood in­dus­try is reel­ing from al­le­ga­tions that its prod­ucts are tainted by ma­jor labour abuses, in­clud­ing slav­ery on fish­ing boats.

The groups Fin­nwatch and Swed­watch said in a re­port re­leased in Thai­land that they found abuses at six fac­to­ries that process broiler meat, in­clud­ing ex­or­bi­tant re­cruit­ment fees, il­le­gal con­fis­ca­tion of per­sonal doc­u­men­ta­tion and forced labour.

Ear­lier this week, the food con­glom­er­ate Nes­tle SA an­nounced it has found that im­pov­er­ished mi­grant work­ers in Thai­land are sold or lured by false prom­ises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in its sup­ply chain. Most mi­grant work­ers are from Myan­mar and Cam­bo­dia.

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