The multi-national company, known for its bananas, is already being sued by the Burmese government for a separate issue.

The government of Myanmar has blacklisted Dole’s Thailand arm for alleged labour violations involving 130 Myanmar migrant workers.

Dole is the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables.

In a statement, the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok described Dole Thailand’s action as “wrong and a labor rights violation” when it did not allow migrant workers to take leave and go back home with re-entry visas.

Myanmar labour attaché U San Maung Oo said the government has received information that the 130 migrant workers from Myanmar had been prevented from returning to work and were even made to pay about $106 each for visas and other permits should they want to get their jobs back.

The Myanmar government, through the labour attaché, has already filed a lawsuit against Dole Thailand and blacklisted its factory that employs 3,000 workers in Prachuap Khiri Khan province in southern Thailand.

Source : hrmasia


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