Amid Covid-19, thousands of garment workers protest for pay

Thousands of workers at 12 shuttered garment and footwear factories have protested this year after owners have failed to pay them the salaries and benefits they are owed as the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused hundreds of factory suspensions.

Labor representatives say that many workers have not received wages and compensation pay from owners who closed their factories on short notice, while a recent government directive waived the requirement for owners to fulfil some benefits.

Khun Tharo, program manager of the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (Central) said that 12 factories employing a total of nearly 15,000 people have closed.

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