April 27, 2009: The Spektra Alucast case is shuffling towards a resolution, at least for the time being, according to the Penang office of the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA).
Spektra Alucast followed up, albeit belatedly, on a meeting with CAMSA by sending a letter stating that they would take responsibility for their workers. Over 30 of these workers, by CAMSA’s count, are Vietnamese guest workers, including a majority who seemed to have been recruited from particularly impoverished areas.
The letter notes that Spektra Alucast will renew the work permits of employees who want to continue with their contract, pay back wages, and allocate money for food for workers who will repatriate.
Not all the important issues have been covered, but according to staff on the ground, the letter represents a step forward in the negotiating process.
CAMSA is continuing to monitor the case and will provide the latest news on this blog.
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