Giving Voice to Migrant Burmese Workers in Thailand
Assessing reforms to labor conditions in Thailand's shrimp processing industry
In December 2015, an Associated Press story about undocumented Burmese migrants locked in a shed and forced to peel shrimp brought an unprecedented level of exposure to Thailand’s seafood export industry. Foreign seafood buyers, Thai processors and the Thai government made important commitments to reform, including establishing workers’ rights and industry codes of conduct. Now Katie Rainwater is collaborating with the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) to interview workers and assess the impact of these reforms. The resulting findings will help MWRN and other migrant worker advocates hold seafood buyers and processors accountable to their commitments.
- Graduate student: Katie Rainwater, development sociology
- Special committee chair: Eli Friedman, Department of International and Comparative Labor
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
- Community partner: Migrant Workers Rights Network
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