May 14, 2009: Seven Vietnamese guest workers in Malaysia, all employees of TTP Fabrication SDN BHD, are being mistreated and exploited by their employer.
According to staff of the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), the labor-management troubles began when a total of 17 employees were laid off.
The employer alleged that the layoffs took place because there was not enough work. However, when there was work, the employer only invited 10 employees to return. The remaining seven were left to fend for themselves, with their Malaysian work permit on the verge of expiration.
The employer initially agreed to pay the airfare for these workers to return to Vietnam, but later asked for a large sum of money from each worker.
The workers have been left with no job and no money to pay their airfare home, despite the employer’s legal responsibility to cover that expense.
CAMSA’s team in Penang is currently monitoring the TTP situation and will keep posting information as it develops.