Myanmar blacklists Dole Thailand due to labour violations
The government of Myanmar has blacklisted Dole’s Thailand arm for alleged labour violations involving 130 Myanmar migrant workers.
Dole is the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables.
A Burmese diplomat in Bangkok described Dole Thailand’s action as “wrong” and “a labour rights violation” when it did not allow migrant workers to take leave and go back home with re-entry visas.
Myanmar labour attaché U San Maung Oo said the government has received information that the 130 migrant workers from Myanmar had been prevented from returning to work.
Morever, they were even made to pay about $106 each for visas and other permits to regain their employment with the company.
In a sepatate case, the Myanmar government has filed a lawsuit against Dole Thailand and blacklisted its factory that employs 3,000 workers in Prachuap Khiri Khan province in southern Thailand.