Posted by: BPSOS | November 24, 2008

Key Briefs & Reports: CAMSA Reps Tackle Legal Options for Winbond Workers

sona-7-smallThe Hanoi office of the SONA labor export firm, through which Winbond has lured many Vietnamese workers to poor working conditions in Malaysia.

November 24, 2008: The Coalition Against Modern-day Slavery (CAMSA) and its allies in Malaysia met last week with a local lawyer to discuss the possibility of suing Winbond on behalf of dozens of Vietnamese workers who have been stripped of their travel documents, intimidated, and forced into abusive working situations.

The lawyer basically told CAMSA reps that the case was too weak to move forward until local human rights workers can produce sufficient evidence to make a substantial case. Allegations by the workers could not be corroborated by the police, because the police refused to investigate some of the workers’ charges.

BPSOS will continue to work with CAMSA and its allies to secure a path to dignity and fair compensation for the Winbond workers.

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