December 2, 2008: In the wake of efforts by staff and volunteers of the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), Vietnamese guest worker Cao Thi Sach received her airfare and compensation from her employer today at the Malaysian Industrial Relations Department (IRD).
Sach, who had worked for IRM Industries, will return to Vietnam in early December.
Earlier this month, with CAMSA’s help, Sach was able to make case to the IRD that her employer had been unfairly withholding “taxes” and imposing punitive wage cuts.
The IRD bills itself as the department responsible for “creat[ing] a positive and harmonious industrial relations between the employer, employees and their trade unions. A conducive industrial relations will attract continuous investment from both local and foreign investors.”
CAMSA staff members report being encouraged by this latest development, and hope that the IRD will continue to play a positive role in resolving labor-management disputes involving the rights of Vietnamese guest workers.