Thai court orders full pay to Burmese migrant workers
May 29, 2008
The Pattaya court has ordered an employer to make full payment to Burmese construction workers. The workers had complained to the court that the employer at the construction site had not paid the work force 300,000 Baht.
The court has told the Thai employer to make all payments by June1.
Sixteen Burmese migrant workers constructed two buildings in Pattaya city Chonburi province last year but did not get their full wages. The wages for construction workers totaled 500,000 Baht but the owner paid 200,000 after they finished the construction.
Nai Wai Aung, head of the construction workers said they asked for the money repeatedly. However the Thai employer told them that they would not pay the rest of the money.
In October 2007, Nai Wai Aung moved the court in Pattaya city.
“The owner treated us like homeless people. They exploited us in various ways. So we sued them in court,” Nai Wai Aung said.
Nai Wai Aung has been working in Thailand for more than 20 years and said that more than 100 workers were arrested by the Thai police after they finished construction when the employer gave money to the Thai police.
Ko Tin Htun Aung of the Federation of Trade Unions-Burma (FTUB) said “We would like to tell Burmese workers that they can sue if employers exploit them.”
Last week, the Thai court ordered payment of compensation to the next of kin of the 54 workers who died from suffocation in a ten wheeled container truck on April 10.