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CP Foods promises migrant workers kept safe amid new wave of Covid infections

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) announced on Thursday that it will ensure the safety of all its staff, especially migrant workers, who it says are being treated in line with international standards.

Pimonrat Reephattanavijitkul, CP Foods’ executive vice-president, said the company has been maintaining high health and safety measures in its operations since the arrival of the Covid-19 virus early this year. 
She said CP Foods has pledged to keep all its staff safe, regardless of their role or nationalities, with extra focus on migrant workers who are more vulnerable. 
For instance, she said, workers are provided with accommodation and transportation between work and home. Stringent Covid-19 prevention measures such as temperature scanning and social distancing have also been put in place. 
Besides, the company has hired translators to help migrant workers understand their rights. 
“CP Foods is a workplace of diversity and we are building mutual understanding among our employees of all nationalities equally. Our goal is to ensure they are secured from this new wave of infections,” Pimonrat said, adding that CP Foods is also providing free food to workers in Samut Sakhon, which has been placed under lockdown. 
Migrant workers can also voice their concerns and seek advice via a hotline service operated by the Labour Protection Network (LPN). The hotline service is available in Khmer, Burmese, English and Thai.
During the outbreak, LPN arranged a training programme via video conferencing to encourage workers to follow Covid-19 prevention measures as well as have a basic understanding of their rights. 
CP Foods currently has some 9,000 migrant workers in Thailand who have been recruited under a government-to-government deal. These workers are entitled to benefits and social welfare in line with Thai labour laws. 

Published : December 24, 2020

By : The Nation